Gorge the Great

The ride along the Gorge de la Nesque is one of the best cycling roads in the world. The climb is 10 miles long and is all uphill at 2 to 5%, so it is steady but not steep. The views are spectacular.  Actually that understates it, but ‘spectacular’ will have to do. And there are almost no cars, although bike traffic can get heavy at times.

Amazing Tandem Ride: The Gorge de la Nesque

We rode up the Gorge, descended through lavender fields (not blooming yet, alas; too early) and then climbed the steep hill to Sault, where we enjoyed a cafe creme and a croissant. 

The ride back took us up the gentle 2 mile climb back to the Gorge summit, followed by a 10 mile descent back to the ride start. Very little pedaling necessary, although my hands got tired from steering and braking.

We thought we did pretty well on the 10 mile climb, and Strava confirmed it. Our time was 1:08. Previous times were 1:10, 1:13 and 1:18. Yes, we have done this climb 4 different times on Strava, and another time before I got my Garmin. Once each year since 2015.

Smiles at the Summit: An Annual Event Since 2015

Next stop: Chateau Pesquei. We had a picnic here two years ago and started to buy their wine at our local Raley’s. Today we bought 6 bottles at the source. We are going to do some comparative tasting.

Back in Malaucene, lunch at the Terraces confirmed that while the restaurant has new owners the food is at least as good as in previous years. My grilled duck breast was so delicious. I could alternate that with pork cheeks across the street and eat nothing else for lunch.

Grateful for the safe ride with good legs in decent weather, followed by a delightful lunch, we went into the cathedral to light our prayer candles. Days like today make us feel very blessed.

Our Daily Habit: Candles for Safe Cycling

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