First Autumn ride

Though I’ve only been away for six weeks, it’s delightful to be back. October is a month when you can never be sure of the weather down here – on average it is by far the rainiest month, and the temperature can drop rapidly. Last year we basked in summer-like temperatures and with little rain, and after we had left the temperatures did indeed plummet.

With 2014 having been fairly unsettled here (and in much of Europe), I’d been prepared for anything this week – and though we’re certainly not basking, so far it’s not been too bad.

Having arrived on the Monday (via bike, plane, train, bus and foot), Tuesday needed a ride. A shortish one, as the weather wasn’t looking entirely trustworthy, and the wind was lively: an amble round to Cirque d’Archiane to see the autumnal colours, and back via Luc-en-Diois. It ended up being a pleasant 50 miles. I was hoping to see some neglected walnuts lying at the roadside, but all the farmers round here had been very efficient and tidied them all away. I’m sure to see the produce at Die market.

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