Saturday, 13 November 2010

Ode to the Aude

Or maybe not. My attempt at an ode would most likely turn out more like some ridiculous limerick. So I shall spare you. But the Aude has to be one of the best places for road biking. The fact that this is mid November and the temperature was into the 20s certainly helped on today's ride. The highlight for me today was the quiet 16km long country road that we chose to take from Puivert through to Esperaza with beautiful undulating scenery and minimal traffic. Just amazing and wonderful riding.It was lunchtime when we arrived in Esperaza and, funnily enough, we couldn't find anywhere open for a bite to eat, but we struck lucky in Campagne-sur-Aude with one of the finest ham and camembert baguettes that I have ever had! That provided the fuel for the long, steady climb up to Nébias which appeared like an oasis in the green landscape ahead.From there, along to Puivert and up the hill before the fantastic run back down to Belesta and home. The ride profile ......
Just under 75kms/960m+/3hr15m - stats on the usual site

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