I reached Pons, about 3 days from Bordeaux but I need to tell my story from yesterday (I apologize that it became a little longer). I left Brioux sur Boutonne at 09:15, heading for 17 k distant Aulnay where due to my damaged right leg I got only at 14:15. So, as the kitchen of the only restaurant in town closed at 14:00 and flexibility is not known here, I could get at least 2 sandwiches and some water.
I left Aulnay at about 15:30, walking for another 15 – 20 km, without any sales point, until getting at around 20:00 to Le Petit Bordeaux where I saw finally a restaurant sign. As French people rarely put milages on the signs, you never know how far you still have to walk. This made me ring the bell of the next house, where a young couple informed me that this restaurant was closed, not knowing where on my route would be the next opportunity to get any kind of food. So I asked them if they had any bread or food at home which they could sell to me. Instead, they asked me to come in, to join them for diner.
I asked for water but as Stellas husband owns a distillery (which motivated my friend from Germany to post: “God is with you!”), we ended up with cognac and wine. Half drunken I left their house at 21:30, still having to walk about 8 km. Stella told me that she doesn’t like Facebook, so I left her my account e-mail and password. If you can here me now Stella, just wanted to let you know, that I am alive and found breakfast this morning in St. Brix de Bois. Thank you again so much for your help, I enjoyed your lovely children and all the best to you and your family, from my heart.
Just to conclude, whenever you plan to walk through southern France, be prepared. Don’t bring any money cause you will hardly find any place where you could buy anything. And if, its most probably closed, hotels and restaurants seem to serve here more for decorational purposes. Instead bring a trolley with tons of food, which you can pull behind you, than you have a chance to make it. I thought I am in Europe but this is more like Texas, my goodness.