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Awoke today to our first grey day. Not so bad, we have had two and a half weeks of perfect weather. Left our very pleasant country hotel this morning in misty conditions. The hotel owners had a lovely big kelpie cross that wanted me to throw a stick for him this morning . He just stood there patiently with the stick in his mouth waiting for me to say the right commands for him, in French. It was a frustrating experience for both us!, Our touring took us up into ...
... he made it easily.
I stayed long enough for the obligatory photos and then descended again as it was damned freezing. Glad I had put my thermals on this morning.
The road down was just as lovely. It passed through an old abandoned military town which I must Google later. At the bottom the road follows the river for another 40 or so kilometres and once more it was just superb.
I stopped for lunch and then began the return ...
... out of date. He marks the best rides with purple but I have ridden a few of them and seriously doubt that I would be calling major thoroughfares with trucks "best rides". Some of them are not even twisty - just dead straight and boring.
John Hermann seems to be much more reliable, so I have gone north and am basing myself in Barcelonette for the next few days on his recommendation. It's also the jumping off point ...
... was the main town for bikers wanting to do the La Benette
pass over the Alps. Not only is it a great road so I believe but it is also the
highest road in Europe at 2008m.
I filled up my tank and then went to find a morning coffee and look over mu
route etc. Just sitting here in the town square looking at the mountains above
was breathtaking but little did I know of what was to come. I was hoping to see
some snow but was not sure if there would ...
... of a spire with two wonderful old bells hanging in it.
The weather today was just boiling and by the time I reached the town of Nyons I was so hot I was just about ready to pass out. It was now after 1pm and as I had not had my daily chocolate intake was extremely hungry. I parked up my bike, removed my satnav and camera etc then went in search for some food. I found a rather nice looking cafe and as everyone was smoking outside I decided to sit inside. ...