Today’s ride is sponsored by Oak by Design

Sannes – Vic-la-Gardiole

The start of the day went well, sun over the lake peering though the trees.
Breakfast eaten and we were ready for the off… maybe not – we have a puncture or two! All rallied around to get things sorted to set off just a little late but all in goodwill.

The ride was going well, nice quiet roads passing vine yards, apple orchards and olive groves. It was a little windy but we all put the effort in even with some niggles.
A coffee at 25 miles was well deserved. France is open
today, but not for sandwiches 😏

40 miles in at 12.15pm and France is open for food in Maussane-les-alpilles, a nice little village. Pizza is on the menu which is good timing as Paul needs food, water and more than likely a nanna nap. Blocker and I will have a beer instead.
55 miles in and time to get heads down, arses up and get some miles done.  Travelling at 20 – 28 mph we all meant business! 73 miles in and after being into the wind all day with temperatures up to 25 degrees it was now time for a refreshing beer, only so we can cool down a little!

Then on to a canal path so a nice surface for 5 miles then off though towns again. Sean was in a road rage incident while traffic was nearly at a standstill because of an open draw bridge. We had no idea what the guy who hit Sean was shouting but I guess he had no idea what the three of us were saying either!

We then got to 98 miles all thinking we had just 10 miles left, we have cracked this so let’s crack on ! Missing out on a beer another canal path should be easy but no no no! We had 7.5 miles of gravel and mud but luckily it was dry.
Not so bad on a specialized roubaix but not on a specialized tarmac so Paul suffered more than us.
Last 2 miles took us into camp greeted by Kathleen and Kayleigh – a nice site for sore eyes and legs!!

– Dave