This last post of the current stay turned into one focused on the river Drôme. It’s not a river you could call ‘mighty’: though navigable by kayak (that’s big business in the summer), it has never been one to facilitate trade. (That’s why the railway was so vital at the start of the 20th century.) … More An Ode to la Drôme
A corker of a day today: here I am sitting in hot sun at the Tourist Office at La Chapelle-en-Vercors, with hardly a cloud in the sky, and just a gentle cool breeze. I’ve never ventured up here on the bike in February before, but this was too good a chance to miss. Most of … More First time: Vercors in February
The valley mists soon cleared this morning, and with not a cloud in the luminous blue skies, the roads beckoned. The route: a standard down to La Charce and back via the Roanne valley. It involves a couple of satisfying but sub-1000m cols, and has plenty to look at, not least the geology. Lunch was … More Mist, sun, blue skies, clouds, wind… and trees
I had to wait at home for a delivery of logs this morning, and by the time I’d stacked them, it didn’t leave me long to take advantage of the glorious weather today. So, one of my favourite ‘quickies’, the 50-miler to Col de Menée and back. I wasn’t sure if I’d see the top … More A quick Col de Menée
Feeling a bit more with it this morning, time to do a more medium-length ride, this time to a col I’ve not done in February. Col de la Chaudière is not one to do if there’s the slightest risk of ice, as it’s never salted, but with this week’s mild weather, it seemed like an … More Recovery ride
It sometimes pays to wait. It was just 4.5C when I woke this morning. In my post-viral state I was in no hurry to get out, so passed the morning doing exciting things like washing sheets, baking my favourite almond cake, and eating home-made squash soup. And by that time the temperature was up to … More February warmth
As I’m suffering a bit with post-virus tiredness, I’m keeping myself to shorter rides at the moment. With the weather staying relatively mild, it seemed like the perfect excuse to do a col de Rousset. And although the bright blues of the morning didn’t hold, the effort was certainly worth it.
After the big European freeze in January, I’d been hoping that my February getaway wouldn’t be problematic, so it was good to see the forecasts for this half-term week looking considerably more promising than feared. It’s going to be a thin year for me here this year, so I don’t want to waste any precious … More February 2017