I’ve a fairly good routine now on the day I leave: do the washing and get it out to dry first thing, go out for a shortish ride, lunch, tidy house, and then shut everything down and head to Valence for the night, ready for an early start the next morning.
All went to plan, including the weather: bright and breezy, good for both washing and cycling. A brisk northerly ruled out Vercors again (you’ll see its cloud cap in the photos), so I headed to col de Pennes via the Roanne valley and Aucelon, returning via Jansac and St Roman.
The Aucelon road is a hidden gem, and is worth cycling either way, as it hugs the contours, ascending when it can: it saves the steeper gradients to the end! There’s a view around every corner, so it’s worth taking your time.
Interestingly, the floral display in evidence last June on the higher dry slopes was entirely missing: I guess delicate plant life there waits until warmth is more certain. The flowers photographed here were at lower, damper levels.
Anyway, a splendid little ride, nudging me just over 400 miles for the eight days, despite the less than ideal weather. And I’ve yet to visit Vercors this year: that will have to wait until my return in late July. I think it should be warmer then.
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