I woke up and went up the dune one more time to admire the scenery. I find it hard to believe that I payed 7 euros for a camping in such a place, while I am certain that the one in the town of Arcachon would have been at least 12 for its useless swimming pool and petit dog hair salon.
I departed and almost instantly I found my self on a cycling path within the surrounding forest. I spend about 95% of todays cycling time on cycling paths, half of them within beautiful pine forests. The whole area of south west France is covered in very dense forests, so today about 50 kilometers of my trip was within them. The paths are never straight so I ended up cycling a lot more than taking the normal road, but it was well worth it. The feeling of cycling in such a vast forest for so many hours, was remarkable.
After some climbing of some hills I came to the next highlight of the day which was the lakes that are within these forests.They are very big and connected to the sea via canals, so they are full of boats and small resorts.
My day finished in Mimizan, which is yet another resort by the ocean. This one though, even if it doesn’t look old, it looks a lot cuter and looked after. I looked around for a restaurant to eat and in the end I jumped into a Greek tavern as I was graving some grilled meat. The moment I sat down and talked to the guy who was running it, I realized that he wasn’t Greek at all, so there goes my language practice for my repatriation. At least he played Zorbas once in the stereo.