We flew into Bordeaux, France with few preconceived notions of what we would find, besides good wine and challenging cycling. What we did discover was a beautiful region of France with friendly people, good food, a fascinating culture that extends back into prehistoric times…and, good wine and challenging cycling.
|Our first day of cycling brought us to St.Emillion from Bordeaux, where we caught a train to Bergerac. Because of a rail strike, we lucked upon the only train of the day – for free.|
|The vast majority of roads we cycled were narrow, very lightly-traveled, country lanes. Along the Dordogne, we were frequently on high bluffs overlooking the river.
A view of the Dordogne near Limeuil.
|One of several castles along the Dordogne, which was a primary dividing line between French forces to the north and English forces to the south, during the Hundred Years War.
Montfort Castle, southeast of Sarlat.
|La Roque-Gageac, a village listed among the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France’, is nestled between steep cliffs and the Dordogne River.|
|A circular staircase in an old chateau near Beynac. The Château de Beynac is one of the most beautiful example of medieval castle in France.|