Postcard from Provence
Hi! Having a great time in Provence. After 5 days of climbing the Alps with my buddies we bid our farewells and I headed off to meet Mrs BikeVCar in Provence for a more relaxing holiday. We’ve been lounging my the pool, sightseeing ancient Roman architecture, enjoying traditional two-hour French lunches and wine tasting. I’ve also done a little cycling, “bien sur”!
I went for one ride in the middle of the day. It was hot. Thirty-eight degrees C apparently. Before I left I’d filled both bidons with ice cubes, topped up with cold water from the fridge. But by the time I reached for my second bottle, the water was hot. It was weather for Mad Dogs and Englishmen … and cyclists. And Mad Dog, Englishman, cyclists. I saw a few, in addition to myself.
I went for a couple of early morning rides where I set off at 7am when the air was still cool. It stays hot until 9pm so the only sensible time to cycle is the morning. Provence is hilly so it’s difficult to go for an easy spin. The only compensation is that French roads tend to gently traverse their way up a hill. In the cool mornings they can be ridden at speed, but in the hot afternoons you get blinded by eyefuls of sweat and suncream.
Hope you are well and work isn’t getting you down too much. I’ll be back soon. BikeVCar x