Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 3: Agen towards Toulouse

Tuesday 13th Day 3

Today was the least cold so far, temperatures are reported to have reached the mid twenties!
We departed Agen across the magnificent Napoleonic aqueduct that carries the canal over the Garonne river and continued our journey south east along the Canal Lateral a la Garonne towards Toulouse. We stopped for a picnic lunch supplied by our fantastic support crew who spend their days driving around trying to keep up with us, responding to our numerous requests for medicaments, massages and battling with the Office de Tourisme to try and book the next nights chambre d'hôte. Without their efforts Peter and I would still be sleeping rough in Arcachon.

Here are the support team hard at work

A highlight of today's ride was coming across an ingenious, experimental boat lift that involves the use of two enormous diesel locomotive engines to push a pool of water containing a boat up an inclined trough. The Montech boat lift is not deemed to be a failure but still remains unique!

Our support team led us astray today for a culture moment at a beautiful Romanesque cloistered church in Moissac. This delayed us slightly but we still managed a 52 miles (83 kilometres) and we are now more than half way through our journey.

Thank you for all the messages of encouragement from our "adoring public".

Finally a message to the upside down photo lot, the right way up lot think you should take more water with your whisky.

David and Peter