- Three stages of the Tour de France
- Three different hotels
- 150 round-abouts
- 26 toll booths and parking meters, and cash needed at all of them!
- Decathlon store, Carrefour, Total gas stations, 2 ATMs
- 1 baguette, 1 quiche, 1 jambon sandwich, Orangina, figolus, citron yogurt, 4 fresh apricots, and 2 espressos at cafes
- Endless folding and refolding of maps and second guessing of my GPS
- Running into 2 bike tour companies, and having a cafe at a bar in Malaucene with Richard and a pack of BikeStyle clients watching the Tour on TV in a bar.
- Twice jumping the barriers at the Tour de France and only once getting caught (then hearing the words "dakor, ok" and being released unscathed) (must stop jumping barriers) (tomorrow).
- Lavender fields, sunflower fields, apricot trees, olive trees, plain trees
- 2 bike shops
- 1 wine tasting
- 1 cathedral
- 1 museum
- 1 tram, 1 metro, 1 rental car
- 2 bottles of wine (the second is being completed as I write this)
- 1 lost bike - found (mine)
- 1 lost travel companion - not yet found (Monica remains in Paris where her bag AND bike did not arrive on United Airlines) Boo-hiss.
|I saw frequent cyclists on the beautiful roads near Mont Ventoux. A cyclist rests under the plain trees.|
|Typical stone home in Provence|
|Bike shop in Malaucene|
|Le Chalet Leotard, the cafe on the north side of Mont Ventoux (the cafe of Chalet Reynard serves the juncture of the south side climbs from both Bedoin and Sault).|
|The deforested side on the north side of Ventoux is brief but very steep|
|Malaucene side of Mont Ventoux. Only the very top is deforested. Most of the route has trees.|
|The last stretch to the summit|
|This is the D40 road that runs in the valley parallel to the the north side of Ventoux|
|view down the Malaucene approach|
|Summit sign on Mont Ventoux|
|I am pretty sure these same candies where here when I first climbed the mountain in 2003.|
Looking down the more traditional route on the south side on Ventoux (both routes from Bedoin or Sault) use this last few kilometers approach.
|View southeast down Ventoux|
Learn more about why Mont Ventoux is deforested in an earlier Pedal Dancer post: I love Mont Ventoux