Andy has spent the past week working on Sadie, doing all of those jobs that will finally finish off the van, such as fitting the retractable step, fitting a step plate to the interior step, wiring up the audio visual system, adding sections of skirting and much more. We're going to spend a few days away in the van during the coming week, probably further west along the Pyrenean chain and I have to say it will be lovely to have her in a 'finished' state!
On the exercise front, I managed to grab a quick run with the pooch on one of the cooler days and knocked 4 minutes off my PB for the 10km circuit from Lavelanet via Pereille. For the first time in ages, my legs actually felt like they had some spring in them and the run felt effortless, even the uphill section which has always felt like a bit of a slog .... I'll have more runs like that please!
Then on Thursday, I spent the day out with Pat on our mountain bikes. We did a fantastic circuit in an area of the Aude called the Razès, which is east of Mirepoix and west of Carcassonne. It turned out to be a much hotter day than I had expected, as the early morning cloud lifted to expose the full power of the sun. There is nothing quite like the smell of baked earth and of wild lavender and pine.... we both commented that it felt just like being on holiday!