A lightweight fixed-gear bike tour of France and Spain

Castelnau-Montratier to Toulouse

From Castelnau-Montratier we headed south. In the late afternoon we reached a forest, and decided it would be a good place to camp. We waited around for it to get dark, writing postcards and reading our books. It was a warm afternoon, with blue sky above us. As we sat we thought we heard thunder from the west. Then it was all around us, but still sunny overhead. We pitched our tent and waited for the rain. Despite all of the thunder and lightening;=, it only rained lightly for half an hour. We went to bed with the tent doors open. At 2am, it started pouring!

The dry patch our tent left after the thunder storm

We followed a canal for the second half of our journey, and here, our canal crossed over another river!

Toulouse is in the "brick belt"

We arrived in Toulouse around noon, and spent the afternoon exploring the city. We got our “pilgrim’s passports” stamped at the cathedral and watched unicyclists doing tricks in the main square. We like Toulouse, it has a very New-York-West-Villagy-feel.


4 responses

  1. Ant

    Hi Adie
    Really enjoying your blog. It sounds like you’re having a ball. The photos of Villandry and le Rideau brought back great memories of a cathedral tour (Amiens, Reims, Chartres, Rouen, etc) that Sara, Jordy and I did when Jordy was about six…and the ducking and diving in farmer’s fields reminded me of hitching through France and Spain many moons ago…very impressed with the cooking. I used to sing for my supper – literally. Lost a lot of weight that year. Good luck for the rest of the trip! Uncle Ant.

    April 30, 2011 at 9:21 am

    • Hi Ant, nice to hear from you. Im glad you are enjoying the blog. We were thinking of singing for our supper, but we would lose much more weight than you did! One thing I enjoy is on long descents doing 50kph, singing at the top of my lungs. With the air rushing by, even I cant hear myself!


      May 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

  2. Hi,
    Great to read your updates & that the road along the river Cele was indeed a good idea. Many thanks for you postcard. Funny to read in your blog when & where your wrote it.
    Take care,
    Margriet & Erwin

    April 30, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    • Hi guys, great to hear from you! The Cele was amazing, and thank you once again for your hospitality!
      Keep in touch!
      Adie and Rob

      May 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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