Beyond the Veloroute cycle #10 – a couple of Thursday markets

I like Thursdays for many reasons – not only is it nearly the weekend, or a chance for yoga both in the U.K. and here in France, but there’s also a good handful of markets to choose from.  There’s the lovely mid-week one at L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, slightly smaller than the Sunday event, but…

A cycle to awaken the senses

Having arrived late on Monday night after a particularly stressful trip down I woke early yesterday & simply sat on the terrace like a lizard, being warmed by the sun, at the start of what was destined to be another stunning day.  Yes there were things that needed to be done in the house, but…

From Moor to War & now a bit more!

Well the planning is now well underway and I suggested in my last blog the route is already shifting and I think it will still be a while before it’s set in stone, but that’s half the fun of the planning and now it seems that Moor to War is being extended a little bit…

Beyond the Veloroute cycle #8 – Through the Vineyards

  When I packed my cycle kit to come over this time I put in enough layers to keep me warm in the expected arctic temperatures, hoping to snatch a few precious moments out on the bike before dashing home to thaw out in front of the fire. I think in hindsight I rather over-packed…

The Planning Begins ……….. Again!

Last summer my hubby (Andy) & our 2 boys took on a fantastic challenge, cycling nearly 1500km from our home on Dartmoor to Sete on the South Coast of France.  Their #MoortoMed ride took them down the West Coast of France, before they headed inland and cross country along the Canal Du Midi to the finish line on the…

Day 4 – Guenroët to Machecoul

Distance cycled ……. 50 miles So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words?…. Hot, near-death-experience, truck-stop After enjoying a good long section of yesterday’s ride on Tarmac trails the boys realised what a big difference it made, particularly when they had to go back onto rough tracks as they neared the end…

Day 3 – Rohan to Guenrouët

Distance cycled …… 69.2 miles So boys how would you sum up today in 3 words?…… Heat, Mileage, Flowers! So yesterday certainly wasn’t the easiest of days for the boys, in fact it’s probably best to say that they’ve had a rather eventful first couple of days in France.  Yesterday’s major wheel-failure meant they had…

3 boys, 3 bikes, 1 tent – 1500km – 11 days to go

I can’t believe it, the Tour de France has started, the wonderfully jolly music that goes with the coverage is a constant refrain at home and seemingly all of a sudden it’s only 11 days until they start their cycle.  All being well two weeks today the boys will be starting their third full day…

Beyond the end of the Veloroute – cycle #1 to Cereste

The Veloroute du Calavon is a great off-road cycle path that runs the length of the petit-Luberon from near Cavaillon to beyond Apt. Built on the bed of an old railway track it offers a well-maintained, vehicle-free, flat route through some of the most picturesque scenery in the area. It is a great way to…