I had a pretty bad nights sleep with the burn – I couldn’t get comfortable for ages, and kept waking up whenever I rolled onto it. I woke at 6 and couldn’t get back to sleep, so packed up – which took far longer than usual as most movement of m upper body hurt! Sill I made it through the quite suburbs of Bordeaux to the airport without a hitch, and was there in good time for the guys (Sam and Lewy) flight.
It’s awesome to have some company, and I’ve talked more today than I have in a long time – definitely a nice change! They got in at around 10, and spent the next hour or so building the bikes. From the airport, we went into Merginac – a suburb – to grab some food and do a bit of route planning. The route planning went well, but finding food was more difficult – it being a Sunday. The first place we tried only had a couple of pastries, so we set off again, and kept a look out for a better option. We found an open bakery pretty quickly, and bought a couple of chicken filled crepes that looked good on the shelf but proved to be filled with bits of chicken, and custard. Not the best combo!
From Bordeaux we made our way toward the coast, and made good time despite a stif head wind. We stopped for a beer in Sanguinet, and managed to watch the end of today’s stage of the Tour de France. Rested after the break we turned south down the coast, finishing the day in Parentis-En-Bom.
Having arrived at the campsite we went straight to the pool and dived in, only to be berated by the pool attendant for wearing board shorts. I thought that he objected to the wearing swimming trunks in general, assuming that it must be a nude pool, and proceeded to oblige him. Suffice to say two naked Englishman (Sam having had the good sense to keep his trunks on) in his pool didn’t improve his mood! It turned out to be a ‘Spedo-only’ pool, which were available to purchase for a reasonable price from the campsite office – blatant rip off!
The rest of the evening was spent eating pizza and drinking beer – definitely a nice change from the usual routine!