We flew into Paris and took the TGV to Nimes, where Eddie picked us up and drove us to the village. Despite a bit of sleep deprivation, we reassembled our bikes, and then enjoyed one of Chisa's fabulous Japanese meals, before collapsing into bed.
|There is a bike in there - some assembly requitred|
|After my fourth trip with my S&S Seven, I'm getting pretty good and getting the puzzle pieces to fit in the box!|
|The most scenic bike assembly area ever!|
|A view of the boules court next door|
The next morning, after a good night of sleep and hearty breakfast, Eddie guided us down the steep hill, out of town and along a series of fabulous roads to take in the sights at Pont du Gard.
We did not initially reinstall our fenders, but noticed that we probably should, after finding several roads covered in crushed grapes. It seems they overload the trailers with grapes and some spill out onto the road, as they roar around the corners. I may need to consult some of my cyclo-cross racing friends for tips on how to get grape stains of of my white jersey! We passed acres and acres of vines. The Languedoc-Roussillon region has a massive amount of vineyards and is the source of a lot of cheap bulk table wine. We enjoyed quite a bit of the local drink while there!
|This grape harvesting machine makes short order of collecting grapes from the vines (along with bird's nests and mice, which presumably get filtered out before becoming wine).|
|The Pont du Gard Aqueduct over the Gardon River|
|A tree growing around a road sign|
This was a great first day and shook some of the cobwebs from our brains and legs. Much more to follow...