Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind.
Rouge vin, blanch, ro-se
Can you taste the wi-ine?
Spent about 3 days cycling through Bordeaux’s beautiful wine-country.
Pulling away from the mouth of the Girone river we entered wine country with a vengeance. Cattle and corn farming drifted away and were replaced with sunflower and grape - I mean raisin. Of course, the sunflowers are dried shadows of their former beautiful selves which is quite sad for me - I was looking forward to seeing their smiling faces follow me throughout the day. C’est la vie!
Vines and vines as far as the eye can see. Every once in awhile a Grande Chateau shows itself above the grape leaves. Enormous stone pillars supporting elaborate iron-worked gates mark the entrance from the road. Many of these offer ‘vente direct’ selling directly from the farm.
One morning all of the harvesters were out in full force. Thundering masses of machinery
A few spare grapes spill out of the trucks as they labour down the roads holding up impatient traffic. These make a fun game for the bicycles to see if I can aim to run over the little balls and ‘pop’ out the juice as we go along. But so many are crushed by a multitude of vehicles that the road becomes sticky with the grape’s sweetness, and I can hear our tires sticking to the pavement as we go along.
Plummeting down into a river valley saw the banks rising with less and less grape vines until finally corn took over one again. However, in this temperate region, far more exotic crops are beginning to make their presence known: tobacco, figs, peaches, chili peppers, and kiwi fruit.