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 … More Recovery ride

February warmth

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

February 2017

​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

Last one for 2016

This year I’ll not be able to get here for the New Year, so all will be quiet until February. So I was pleased to get in a nice little ride on my last day for this week and year: another standard – up the Quint valley, over the col de la Croix to Beaufort, … More Last one for 2016

Roaming clouds

Today’s rain has been in the forecast all week, and given that October and November are the wettest months here, I’ve been very lucky this week. Even today’s rain has been much less than promised, and allowed me to get out for my regular Quint Valley loop. You’ll be pleased to know, I’m sure, that … More Roaming clouds

Just another ride

After my walking and cycling of the previous day, something not too taxing: a ride down to La Charce, and back via the Roanne Valley. The weather was on the change too, and I didn’t fancy a drenching. So just a fairly routine route, but as you’ll know, one doesn’t need to try hard to … More Just another ride

A morning walk

​A cool start today persuaded me to go for a walk till the air warmed up. Despite it being prime walking country round here, my love of cycling normally takes precedence (and is rather kinder to my getting-older knees). There are two walks up from my house which I’ve done, which follow valley paths for … More A morning walk