Wow, has it really been over ten years since I wrote that?
1) Leah never told me, but knowing Pops I think her old Moulton had probably been refitted with a SRAM/Sachs S7 hub.
2) I can't believe any randonneur would have alcohol along for the ride, so all I've ever been able to guess is that the poorly packed bottle was a gift from a French family the rider stayed with.
3) I thought a tropical storm hitting France was a stretch as a plot device, but Portugual was hit by a tropical storm in 2005. Hmph!
4) I wrote most of "Leah in Africa" (working title), a sequal to "Audacious", but never finished the story. I probably should on the off chance it could bring enjoyment to someone.