Saturday, 30 May 2009

Pic d'Estibat

With the recent hot weather, getting out in the morning for a run/bike ride is the best option, as it is simply too hot in the afternoon to be doing anything remotely energetic. With that in mind, I attempted to restrain my wine consumption yesterday evening and was up and out of the house shortly after 09.00 hrs this morning for an assault on Pic d'Estibat from the Col de Port. It was a very pleasant 18 degrees when I parked up. It's a hefty slog straight up the hill from the Col de Port ...400m of ascent over a distance of just 1.5kms. But the views from the Pic are worth the effort;The circuit is a nice little outing on some lovely terrain now that the snows have melted. The bracken is not yet out in its full glory thank goodness which makes the going easierBy the time I returned to the car after just over an hour out, the temperature and humidity were starting to become uncomfortable and the pooch was well and truely pooped! Still, it was good to get my hill legs and lungs working again and to get out in the good weather. Tomorrow, we are planning a morning roadie outing up over the Col de Port to Tarascon for coffee and cake then a return back up the hill which will be interesting!

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