10 Sep 11: Aube Nouvelle to Moissac

Route: Aube Nouvelle to Moissac  16 km

Today’s route is 13 km by road but 18 km by the Chemin. Damn the GR scenery! Today’s opponent was the 90 degree heat. Started in a shady valley, then climbed a ridge with much appreciated breezes for most of the way into Moissac. Passed grape harvest in progress. Also passed kiwifruit growing on the vines, also orchards of espaliered apples. Underway 8:15, reached the gite about 2 pm. I was carrying 3L of water which made a heavy pack but I went through almost all of it.

Lodging: Rom and Aideen Bates at Gite Ultreia remembered me, it was like old home week. Guest from Victoria BC was my roomie. Also one Austrian from outside Vienna, the remainder all French. This was a group of friends from Normandy I was to get to know better over the next few days. I listened to the abbey nuns sing Vespers; they have added some harmony since last year.

Cuisine: Dinner at Ultreia is always memorable for the local fresh vegetables Aideen includes. Fresh melon with proscuttio, tomato and cucumber salad, chicken breast in foil with vegetables julienne and a bit of wine sauce, green beans and boiled potatoes in their skins. Peach Melba for dessert allowing me to tell the story of its origin, which Aideen translated for the French, who loved it.

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