On the weekend, John and I took a trip ‘out west’ to visit a couple of friends we have in Hérault. It was ostensibly a ‘business trip’, but we spent most of our time riding, drinking and eating. I love our business!
We stayed at Darren and Emma’s charming B&B, Le Saint André, Saturday, and he took us on a good, hard ride in the hills with a surprise guest – Simon.
Did I mention it was a hard ride? I’m definitely not feeling ‘the bounce’ from Haute Route yet. The legs feel like logs. Still, I kept up with the rest and pipped Simon on the final sprint into Autignac, even if he says he ‘sat up’!
This is Roquebrun, around the half-way point. Not a bad way to spend a sunny Saturday, eh?
The day ended with a fantastic dinner and some wonderful conversation. If this is the way you spend all your weekends, Darren and Emma, invite us back anytime!
We woke up Sunday morning with slight headaches (must have been the sun…) and a somewhat less slight dread of the ride we had arranged with our next hosts – Steve and Julia of VeloRoo (one of Cycling Languedoc’s excellent bike suppliers).
Steve took us out on an equally awesome route up towards Lake Salagou. In true Aussie style we stopped for an espresso along the way.
After the ride we had yet another great meal, poolside this time, chatting about the intricacies of French bureaucracy, bike racks and how life ain’t so bad in Le Sud. Thanks you all for an excellent weekend!