The machine uses the power of two humans to turn the steel wheels and after just a bit of work you build up a head of steam. Then it’s coasting along with nothing but the rolling wheels and the birds.
When you get to the end of the line, it’s rotated to face the other way in this metal plate.
Future plans call for an even longer line than the 9 km now being used, and a walking/biking path alongside it.
This was the start of our day here in Le Gers, a sparsely populated part of Midi-Pyrenees where many producers of the strong brandy like drink, Armagnac is the specialty.
This story is part of France Wine Travels, a collection of travel stories about the wine regions of France.