Wanting to make the most of having a good mtb, and also looking to avoid the worst of the heat of the day, I set an early alarm and headed out into the hills for a couple of hours riding before breakfast. Over the years the mtb’ing around here has really improved and there are now a number of marked trails to follow that range from short and very easy to a full day out and very hard!! By now I’ve figured out a few good little loops that combine some easy and hard sections, so it was one of these that I decided on and headed out for ride one of the day. About an hour and a half later I arrived back feeling much more awake than when I left having ridden up some steep hills and negotiated some loose and rocky descents!
As the heat was now rising, it was time to hide inside and spend some time going through the many photos that we’ve taken in an effort to edit them down to the best ones for the blog. This always takes longer than we expect and can sometimes cause some ‘heated debate’ over the best composition/light/content!!
One of the biggest questions of the day here is always “what should we have for dinner?”, and this time it was decided that the BBQ should come out for the evening! Both Blaise and Zoe are big fans of French supermarkets, so with GUB as driver, they headed off to stock up on food for the evening whilst I caught up on the MTB worldcup and spent some time writing the blog and downloading more photos.
Soon enough it was cool enough (but still pretty roasting!) to get out for another ride. This time I’d decided to try a route that I hadn’t done in full before and set out for the start of the ride in the nearby village of Herepian. Initially the route was very well marked, if a little dull as it seemed to be mostly on tarmac, however this soon changed and gave way to a very long and loose gravel climb.
After enjoying some great, if slightly sketchy singletrack, it soon became clear that I’d missed a turn somewhere! Fortunately on previous visits to the area I’d done a few walks nearby and recognised the path that I was on, unfortunately it was too steep and rocky to ride, so with the bike on my back, I made my way down the trail to find myself in a nearby hamlet, but well off the path of the intended route! With time ticking on, and dinner beckoning, I made my way back via little back roads and trails – one to be revisited and completed before we head off again!
By now all our tummies were starting to rumble again, so the BBQ was lit, salads prepared and wine opened in preparation for a dinner under the stars. There was a request for some music to listen to whilst we were eating and with differing musical tastes being represented, the challenge of pleasing everyone was on! Having started with a ‘BBQ hits’ playlist, the conversation soon turned to ‘guilty secret’ tracks, so the evening continued with a selection of dubious 90’s tracks and lots more wine!!!