80 miles, via cognac – day 7

Today was set up to be an 80 mile slog, but we set off early and reaped the rewards of a generally downhill day, arriving at our hotel by 5:15.

Lunchtime conveniently came as we were about to reach cognac so we enjoyed a glass while we ate. Treats today included a double sized pain au chocolat, a double chocolate macaroon & some chocolate bread - delicious!

After cycling past so many fields of dead sunflowers, and enjoying some hand picked sunflower seeds, we finally found a field of shining yellow, it was a van gogh painting in real life. I would recommend to anyone visiting France to do so earlier in September to enjoy the true spectacle.

Ian has retained mr bump but no additional falling off has occurred, our technique must be improving.

Our resting place tonight is a beautiful old house, with stripped wooden floors & antique furniture. I think we have the place to ourselves, which has worked out well for Ian & Luc who were presented with the prospect of a double bed for the first time, but luckily have been able to swap for a twin.

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