Just one of several rooms in the Popes Palace, I think they used this one for Karoke nights, great accoustics
Just one of several rooms in the Popes Palace, I think they used this one for Karoke nights, great accoustics
The 14th Century Palace dominates the old city.
The 14th Century Palace dominates the old city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been lazing around in Avignon in the South of France for the last day and a half so we are “itching” to get back on le velos.

After getting drenched twice at Macon, once getting to the station and then getting on the train, the weather changed dramatically as we came down the Rhone Valley. The skies cleared to the blue we were promised for Provence and the temperatures cranked up quite a few notches.

We have been doing all the touristy thing you do in Avignon, sleep in, drink wine, eat lots of food oh and go to places like the Palace de Papes.

Have read the touring notes for this stage and looks like we have a few mountain stages. Ruth has volunteered to lead the Paleton over the Apilles via Le Baux de Provence on Friday. To help her I tagged along on marathon shopping expeditions, she felt that she had to get a bit of shopping, “in the bank”, given that there will not be much of an opportunity over the next week. I suspect it will be saddle up at dawn and fall off at dusk.

The forecast is a little too good, clear with temperatures of 30+ all week. The one concern is the wind which if it is a head wind would result in us pedalling on the spot all day.

Well thats it for now, hopefully we will update on the results for la troisième étape if we make it through. I have given Ruth further encouragement by telling her that with the hills and temperatures next time she looks in the mirror there probably wont be a reflection to see.

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