22 Sep 11: Aire-sur-l’Adour to Miramont

Route: Aire-sur-l’Adour to Miramont  18.3 km

Low morning clouds burned off midday. Town was small but the suburbs go on for 2-3 kms. Passed through a regional park, a duck farm, and into the Indiana cornfields Now it’s not that I find cornfields so flat, featureless and boring that I felt compelled to inject some excitement. Honest! I thought I was following the waymarks and the map. But shortly after the big oak tree I found myself (definitely not the right verb!) bushwhacking among the harvested cornfields, a tree line, and an irrigation trench in what I fervently hoped was a generally southwesterly direction. Finally I came out on a gravel road and soon spotted a high tension pylon with a waymark (must admit salvation does not often take the form of HT pylons)! Prayers answered; much rejoicing. Continued on farm roads of this mass-agriculture district to reach my lodging.

Lodging: CH La Maison du Bos  which is very nice. (Nice enough to return to on a car trip!) It is situated on a rise just north of town, and is a big place. 5 CH rooms and a separate gite with 3 more rooms plus living room and kitchen. House was originally built in 1772 by a local physician with major additions in 1792. Nine tenant farmers on the estate then. M/M bought it 10 years ago and the top notch renovation took 4 years. Very highly recommended.

Cuisine: Dinner was a tomato platter (multiple varieties) from M’s garden, dressed vinagrette. Main was a large assortment of roast stuffed veggies: peppers, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes – all with a bit of sausage, with rice on the side. Cheese of basque sheep with fig marmalade. Grape clafouti for dessert. Table includes 2 Norwegians, 2 Belgians, and 2 Germans.

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