Tues 7th May.
Leaving Nantes and the rush to Bordeaux.
After taking my time enjoying the morning, the internet and the coffee, I left around 2pm. A snoozy time I’ll confess, but I can’t help but make the most out of these resources, as they are all too rare on the road.
At this point, I had about two weeks to get to Barcelona, 980km roughly on the course I had planned. It dawned on me that I didn’t have much time to do this. I had to cut my plans to drift down the west coast short, only seeing brief snippets in La Rochelle and Royan. I certainly didn’t have time to venture through the mountains as I had planned.
Getting to Bordeaux in three days was all I focused on.
Heading south from Nantes I had a nasty headwind which slowed progress to what felt like a complete halt.
My aim was to get to the Poitevin Marsh, about 70km south of Nantes, which my maps had cited as a national park, ideal for camping. I didn’t make the distance and had to get down for the night before too long. I poorly chose the back of a vineyard. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked. Another day slipped away.