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Day 1 Gaillac to Puycelsi Part I

I still have a few scenes left to write that go before Josh and Ava end up on their bike ride, but I don’t need to write their story sequentially, and in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve already written the last scene.

The first day kicks off with Ava realizing her Holiday had been Hijacked by Josh.  Here is q quick excerpt:

She made her way down the stairs and out the door, the excitement building inside of her to start her adventure. She saw her bike, a hybrid 2015 Scott Sub Evo 20, leaning on the kickstand in front of a van with open doors that held another bike inside.  To her surprise, the other bike, a man’s bike, was also being unloaded by the man who was there to deliver her bike, brief her on the trip, and answer any questions she might have before she heads out.  She booked a self-guided tour, so she didn’t understand why he was unloading another bike.

“Bonjour, you must be Ava. I’m Anton from Discover France.”

Ava reached out to shake his hand, and introduce herself.  “Bonjour, Anton.  Yes, I’m Ava.  Nice to meet you.”

“And you must be Josh, I’m Anton”

Ava slowly followed the motion as Anton extended his arm pass her to a man standing slightly behind her. She gazed at their handshake and then looked up to see the man whose hand she was staring at – the moment their eyes met, she froze, and possibly forgot to breath.

“You two know each other, maybe?” Anton asked in his French accent as he observed them both.

“Sorta” Josh answered, smiling, and still looking into Ava’s eyes.

They “have it out” and eventually, after setting some ground rules, she allows him to go with her. As you should know by now, the trip starts in the village of Gaillac.

Gaillac Farm Shed

Gaillac Vineyard

Bike Ride Gaillac Vineyard

Today, their ride will take them from Gaillac to the village of Puycelsi.  Much of the morning is spent in the vineyards of Gaillac, where the grapes are grown to make the wines renown for the region.

Gaillac Grapes

20150914_104953I enjoyed riding through the vineyards.  I even stopped to taste some of the grapes. The weather was warm, it started overcast, but the sun would peek through along the way. The stone buildings and farms on the way were charming.

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I stopped at the Chateau de Mauriac, but it was closed so I wasn’t able to tour it.  I did however, make a video introducing the story behind the story while I was there, which I will post tomorrow.

Chateau de Mauriac

Chateau de Mauriac in Gaillac France

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It will at first be silent between between Ava and Josh, but eventually Ava will be ready to break the silence and looking to get to know more about Josh.

The readers will get to know Josh a lot more on the first day and see how the two start developing their rapport.

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