More French hardship: tough choices to make in the patisserie BTW, we went the gateaux fraise & it was to die for!
Accidentally plotted a cycling course up the wrong hill & ended up here: Plaine d'Esquiou. Could have been worse!
Dear friends, if you heard of French fuel shortages don't worry. Fuels that count (baguettes, cheese & beer) all still readily available
... some time later... Just enjoying the evening sun with a few tunes & amber refreshment. It's a hard life!
Schoolboy error: Out riding & remembering there's only 1 bottle of beer in fridge! Masterful save: It's a 3 Monts!
A few locals obviously thought phone I pulled from my back pocket was food. Sorry! Will bring carrots next time!
Col de Beyrede (some dirt & gravel on the climb) & Hourquette d'Ancizan. Cos you can't do famous cols ALL the time
Toasty today at 34° in the Baronnies! View back to the snowy peaks from near Capvern. Hmmmmmm.... snnnnooooowwwwww
Things to do this arvo, so little spin up the Aspin & to Lac de Payolle was all there was time for today. Oh well!
So, man cannot live on bread alone, huh? True, but having just polished off my second baguette of the day gonna have to admit I'm trying!
I never do coffee stops but beer & pizza is mid-ride break I can get behind 122km & Hautacam PR today. Love it!
Indonesian's don't drink, huh? The one's in France do! What I had to endure at a local 'Arisan' gathering
Impromptu dinner. French moule frite very nice, but sorry, still not as good as the Belgiums! Great dessert though
What passes for an easy local loop these days Couple of hours smashing round beautiful, empty roads like this!
Thinking of those in UK. Yes, mid-20s is tough & hope all survived great heat wave of 2016! With luck it'll warm up properly for you soon
Rest day stroll. Got a little carried away & ended up going 8km to the next village & source of the Crastes. Oops
Back in the Pyrenees a week & in that time broke my weekly cycling distance record & destroyed climbing one. Funny that! #LoveThePyrenees
Big week of riding ends with loop to next valley & home over this little climb. Stayed dry despite the clouds. Phew!
Rest day done right: just lounging around our 'garden' - aka. the campsite - in the evening sunshine. Ahhhhh...
Newspaper: Archaic, unidirectional data communication protocol utilising a physical layer derived from dead trees. LOL. Thx @bobbyllew
Impromptu dinner invite. Lots of excellent Asian food, especially that beef rendang! Nom, nom, nom! :P
Today's ride: foothills then Chiroulet, which is in the valley between the 2 main peaks in 1st pic. Beautiful day
First Tourmalet ascent of the year. Last 3km closed to cars, but not bikes! As usual, sucks to be a car driver!
Cyclists should know this guy: He spends summer atop Col du Tourmalet but prefers to winter in the valley it seems
The scene from our doorstep tonight: last rays of sunshine on the Pic du Midi. Yes, yes, with a very long lens!
Busy day, but got out for lovely spring evening's spin in the Baronnies: tiny, quiet roads & plenty of punchy climbs!
First evening back in the Pyrenees. Little walk around the new neighbourhood & introductions with the locals. Mooooo!
Local couple gave us the tip to go to this spot & collect wild garlic. Tasty in salad & cooking they said. We agree.
Driving along that road from Capvern to Mauvezin. Always amazing views here, even on a cloudy day.
To the idiots buying ivory to show off: get some antique art instead. It's much more impressive, unique & no majestic animals died for it!
Cost of nuclear fission reactor in UK: $35bn. Cost of ITER fusion reactor: $14bn. Why build a steam train when developing a jet is 3x less!?
Ride from Lac du Salagou into the hills. Wonderful area with huge vistas & beautiful villages - like Lunas seen here.
@facebook wants more original posts & less shares? I mentioned this problem before. Glad FB caught up! We need a 'hide all shares' option
Random lunch stop in Remoulins. Not the prettiest of places, but this corner was still photogenic.
So... another difficult day draws to a close... Ahhhhh...
Awesome table spotted outside a bar in Bédoin.
Lazy day so will just walk into village. Someone is late so forced to sit & wait on sunny terrace. #Hardship #Sigh
Post ride snack. Despite it being a bit nippy up Ventoux looks like I got a bit sweaty somewhere on today's route!
When in Provence... 3° up top + 70kph wind chill equals completely numb fingers on the descent. Fun times!
Rosbif lunch. Désolé monsieur, it's better in the UK Mousse for dessert was to die for though. Nom, nom, nom!
Passing through Vaison-la-Romaine. In 2012 I spent several hours on an IV drip 100m from this square. Fun times!
Yes, we did just squeeze though that archway, somehow defying the laws of physics! Love medieval French villages!
Random view from the road en-route to Provence. This is on the hill above Puy-Saint-Martin. Lovely day
Encountered bus load of French rugby fans at motorway stop. Luckily smile & nod works here Had some laughs & was gifted a box of wine!
Swiss motorway services: beautiful, clean, modern, efficient... and rather expensive. Luckily we don't need any fuel!
Time for lunch so pick a spot to park up. This is Eglisau (Switzerland) on the banks of the Rhine. Wet but beautiful.
Evening forest walk & a few trees are blossoming. Been great but allegedly it will snow here tomorrow! Time to leave!
Today's ride: bit grey but always something interesting to see. This is on the dam wall at Stausee Kleine Kinzig.
Dessert time: Black Forest gâteau & more local beer. Like there's another choice?! Love a bakery that serves beer!