The Trip is Finally Over

Today’s entry on my calendar says “RF & DF fly home early”. I’m writing this at around 4 PM PDT Sunday June 7, which is almost the exact time we expected to arrive at Casa Brumby for a reunion with our dog Luke, followed by a couple of days of jet lag and adjusting to life back at home.

For the six weeks I have thought almost every day of where we intended to be and what we were intending to do. There were guided rides and unguided rides, tandem and single bike. A trip to Pont du Gard, and a walking guided tour of Nimes. A trip to the Carrières de Lumières, a spectacular light display in an old salt cavern with walls 40 feet high. Lunches with a ‘demi rosé ‘, a small carafe of pink wine. Or rouge, if the weather was cool.

And then a week long trip in the Cevennes, with 3 cycling friends I have toured with before and was so looking forward to riding with again. Jack and John and Steve, guys I always inform of my travel plans hoping they will want to come too. This year they did.

Except, of course, they didn’t. None of it happened.

So on to our next adventure. If it becomes possible to fly we will try to go to France near the end of August. A week riding in Northern France and Belgium. Parts of Paris Roubaix, including some cobbles and the velodrome. As many of the famous bergs and murs and cotes of the Tour of Flanders and Liege Bastogne Liege as my legs can handle. These steep cobbled climbs may require pushing my bike to the top, but they still count. Sometimes even the pros are reduced to walking. This is not a tandem tour, but Diane says she will come and we will find ways for her to occupy herself.

Then south to Nimes, for a week of riding and eating. We may actually have to settle for a ‘flat bar, wide tire’ tandem since proper road tandems for rent are kind of hard to find in France (or anywhere, really). But we can head out into the Camargue, which is flat. And the roads leading to Pont du Gard are manageable even for the heavy bike. I have to get back home by September 10 or so to start my 6 week job of ‘counting nuts’, so 2 weeks will have to suffice.

The trip may not happen of course. But Diane and I hope it does. We want a ‘France Fix’ to keep us from withdrawal and get us to next May, when we hope to take The Trip Not Taken.

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