Day 11

Trip Start May 22, 2011
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Trip End Jun 06, 2011


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cycled, climbed and changed jackets

Flag of France  , Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur,
Thursday, June 2, 2011

We started the day with a big hill, at the end of which I did it again.  I crossed my chain, with a new tight chain, and the chain jammed so tight that I could not budge it,  An emergency call to Tom had he and Caroline with me in about 15 min.  Tom had to break the chain to fix it - which he of course did without blinking an eye, and without getting any chain grease on him.  Rowe, Steve and Sue had gone on (at my insistance) so after the repair I ended up cycling with Linda and Dave, primarily because I did not have a cell phone (note to file - next trip everyone must have their own phone).  So there I was trying to keep up with two people who are light years out of my category as cyclists.  Not a great mix, since I was killing myself trying to keep up, and they were constantly having to wait.  A couple of hours later we caught up to my "mates" and I released Dave and Linda from their bondage.  Our route that day was long - over 130 km and in very mixed weather.  We figured we put on our rain jackets at least ten tines!  In addition to doing a good distance, we did a fair amount of climbing.  Must say that all the work to put on that large gear cluster on Steve's and my bikes was worth it. We would simply have not been able to make most of these climbs with our normal 12 -25 cluster.
Caroline very kindly found an open market on a national holiday and brought us lunch en route  Lots of local cheese and produce
During this day we seem to pass from the cheese district to the Olive growing area.  You can almost smell the olives as you cycle along.  We were also on the fruit and wine route and we noted the protection the farmers have to give to their fruit trees to protect the crop from the birds.  I took some photos which I hope give an idea of the extent of these nets.  At first I thought they were very fine mesh, but  touched them to find they are a very heavy duty material, almosty like a fishing net.
We ended the day having a long relatively steep climb to the resort town of Greoux Les Bains.  We had quite a time finding the hotel since it turned out to be a resort with a mix of hotel rooms, Apts and camping.  We had a great meal, which was a no choice three course meal, with wine.  The wine was dispensed by a wall spiggot - red or rosee.  It was a long day and I was frankly not unhappy that there was no wifi, since I could put my head down early,  
Have just discoverd that our only european plug in in a bike bag which we cannot access, so my next entry may be cut off when the battery runs dry 
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Andrew on

Thanks for the update Dad. Great pictures!

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