Today we set off to explore a new route on our bikes. It was a perfect day for riding, still nice and fresh as we set off just after 8.00 a.m. It was a steep climb out of Pomarède and then a series of hair pin bends down towards Prayssac. I felt like I was hurtling down Mount Ventoux*, it was fantastic. At one point I thought of adopting the Chris Froome ‘sit on the cross bar’ position but I knew we’d have to stop then for Paul to lift me back into the saddle!
Coffee and croissant in the market town of Prayssac before heading south to cross the River Lot via the small metal suspension bridge.
|suspension bridge at Anglars Juillac|
Across the other side of the river we passed through more gentle landscapes of vines and woodland, plus the occasional stone farmhouse or pigeonnier. We rode through the village of Anglars Juillac and then back across the river by another suspension bridge at Castelfranc, before heading north back up the wooded valley towards home.
|tower bathed in sunlight high above the Avenue de la Tourasse|
A fifty kilometre round trip, back home in time for lunch on the terrace. I didn’t do much for the remainder of the day!
*Mount Ventoux is a mountain in Provence famous through its inclusion in the Tour de France cycling race.