Monday, May 3, 2010

The joys of Burgundy

Today was a wonderful day, I was privileged to ride with Paul Balthazard, a fellow transplant recipient, and a big supporter of HMR.

We (Paul, Serge and I) spent the morning in Burgundy riding from Beaune to Nuits St-Georges and tasting great wines (this fund-raising is a tough business). We stopped at Domaine Meuneveaux, a 6 hectare winery in Aloxe Corton and were shown around by Mme Meuneveaux, who operates the winery (which had been purchased by her husband's grandfather after the war) with her husband. The property, including old cellars beneath the house, is wonderful, as was the wine we copiously tasted, at 10,30 in the morning (which reminds me to ask a question: under French law is it illegal to ride a bike with excessive alcohol in your blood?)

After our wine tasting (actually drinking!) we cycled (actually zig zagged) during the afternoon to Dole. It was cool and windy, we did 80k, the last 10 into a pretty fierce wind. I just passed the 1000 km mark for the trip - only 2000 left to go. I feel strong, the ride is going well, and as a result of a lot of hard work by Sandra, the hospital's press relations rep in Paris, we are getting a lot of good press in France. Paul and I just gave an interview to the local paper in Dole (Le Progres). It will be published Wednesday, and will be on the internet - I will post the link. Tomorrow I'm on French radio. I hope all of this is raising awareness and donations.

We arrived late this afternoon in Dole, a small city on the Canal du Rhone, and the birth place of Pasteur (but they still eat delicious raw milk cheese - go figure). Tonight we are staying at Le Chaumiere, a delightful small hotel run by Joel Cesari and his wife. He is a wonderful chef who among other things worked in Montreal at Tokai and La Chronique - needless to say dinner was fabulous - so good in fact we may need to do a few more kms tomorrow. I don't know what has been tougher on the trip so far, the biking or recovering from the great food and wine.

Boy, is it ever great to be alive.

Please donate generously (using the link above) so even more people can say this.

1 comment:

  1. Bill and Serge;
    The photos are amazing, the food looks even better, I'm envious - but so very happy that you are having a great time and it looks like lots of friends are dropping by to cycle with you.
    Travel joyously and safely!
    Big Hugs