Who has biked in Bordeaux?

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For a nine-day bike tour, I will appreciate any advice or suggestions on the region. In particular, hospitable hotels and delectable restaurants of any price range (I live pretty cheap at home, so why not live it up for a few days?) Also, amazing local artifacts (museums, cave paintings, anything else worth looking at).

Will probably follow the Lonely Planet route: Paulliac, Blaye, Bourg, Libourne, St. Emilion, Sauveterre de Guyenne, Cadillac, Bordeaux. (Maybe cutting out the Sauternes loop--who cares about Sauternes?)

Is it worth spending a few days in Bordeaux proper? I could alter the route if so.

Anyone who has advice but is short on time to write it down, I would be happy to send you my phone number.



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Charlie Ward (not verified)
An oenophile's perspective...


I love biking, and I love wine. But I would think twice about combining the two. I would love to be able to drunkenly meander through Bordeaux, but that would interfere with my riding, and vice versa.

Ditch the bike for a week and just drink your way through one of the world's greatest wine regions.

I am insanely jealous.

- Charlie

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Carol Wood (not verified)
An experiment

Yes, the two activities seem incompatible, but for the sake of science, I am willing to experiment.

I learned one important lesson on tour through Auvergne two years ago, when I stopped in a charming village (le Claux?) for lunch, just eight km before a 1,200 climb up Col de Serre. The lunch menu, at about eight dollars, included a view of a verdant valley, three courses, plus a large carafe of Cotes d'Auvergne that they plunked down in front of you unasked. I'll just have a sip, I said at first, which led to several glasses. Very nice. But meander is indeed the verb to describe how one rides afterward, especially on a warm day with panniers. Halfway up the col, I had to stop to catch my breath and let a sideache subside. (Though I did make it to the top and my final destination just fine.)

In the Dordogne, I also had a pretty hard day riding a mere thirty miles or so--the day after the best meal of the trip. In which case I'd have rather ditched the ride than the dinner.

So for the tours gastronomiques, I learned this much: keep the the indulgences confined to the evening and the mileage short. After all, it's supposed to be a vacation.

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Chris T (not verified)

Carol and Charlie, thanks for getting me dreaming.

Of course, everybody does a vacation differently, just as people ride differently. If I had a week in Bordeaux, I would want to ride around 100 km a day so I could take more of the scenery in. As for wine, well I'd abstain at lunch, and have a few at dinner. Also it would be good to have a friend who spoke French.

While not as envious as Charlie, Carol I hope you enjoy your trip. Perhaps a review of wines, vines, and routes will grace one of the last paper NYCC Bulletins.

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Lynn B (not verified)
Bordeaux Itinerary

Backroads has this same itinerary. You might look it up and steal their stops.

I have friends who did this trip and it was great. Have a great time.

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Karl Dittebrandt (not verified)

Contact me at 212 477 1690 as i have just been threw where you are going

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