Hostellerie du Val de Sault
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This entry by Tom.
After two days of wet riding, today could hardy have gone any better.
A much better than average breakfast after a good night's sleep in a much more comfortable than average bed at what is now mon hotel à Gap, we loaded the van and mustered the troops.
With four of us interested in the longer route …
... that were places of refuge for farmers, shepherds and sometimes whole communities. Provence has 6000 of them! They were used until the end of the 19th century. The village we visited has been restored. The huts are small but would be much better than a house of wood. Dryer, cooler in the summer, warmer against the winter cold and wind.
We drive by the Senanque Abbey which is still a monastery surrounded by fields ...
... We enjoy sitting outside for lunch or happy hour. Sunday we picked up 2 new birds over lunch – Eurasian Jay and Black Redstart
Next door to us is the town cemetery. Nov. 1 is Day of the Dead when families honor their loved ones who have passed on. The cemetery is a hive of activity all day as people come in to clean up their loved ones plots, plant or arrange flowers, and make everything look nice. ...
I am afraid it is 10:20pm and we have just returned from a marvellous dinner in Sault, so this will be very short. We had a fabulous day today--smooth roads, fantastic scenery and a not too difficult climb. I am going to post the pictures and try to complete today ...
With the wet weather now seemingly behind us, today I decided it was time to play photographer and capture some of the scenery we have been riding through. We started with the requisite rush-hour (i.e. diesel-infused) climb out of the city, which soon took us to the intersection where the "nominal" (i.e. shorter) and "alternate" (longer) routes diverged, at which point I and 3 others opted for the latter. Climbing steadily, ...