Recovery ride

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 opportune moment to see its sights in its winter colours. You’ll see there’s little snow left, other than in the one view to Dévoluy from the col itself.

If you know the area, you’ll know how Les Trois Becs dominate the Drôme valley at the western end, and they certainly dominate the ascent to the col, changing profile at every turn, always impressive.

And a little geological bonus that caught my eye, from the ascent to the col: ready-made concrete (albeit rather crumbly).

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