Just back from France.
Had a fabulous time. Four weeks of pure relaxation, great sightseeing, family reunions, great food, and yes, great wine. Gisèle and I also got to ride quite a bit. We bought bikes there. I lucked out. Found an aluminum BH done up in 105 on the Internet near La Rochelle. Older guy was selling because an operation to his knee prevented him from riding anymore. Perfect fit. Perfect price. 5 years old, but just like new. Gisèle got a new bike, not as nice but nice enough. We ended up riding almost every day. Typicaly, on the road at 7 am for 45k. Crisp morning air, open fields, narrow roads, we couldn't wait to get going. Also did a few longer rides. 85k with my cousin that was training for an Etape of the Tour de France. The Mont Ventoux.
I ended up in back as you might expect... he was realy well trained for that étape. Look it up, it's hell. Probably the most difficult of the tour. Also a 75k on my own to get to an aunt's place. Beautiful ride through the countryside. I chose small roads, and even with a well planned itinerary, it can get confusing in that labyrinth of winding chemins de campagne. Had to stop often to consult the map!
Also did a few rides with the kids on the Ile de Ré. (My Étape cousin lives there.) All in all, the perfect vacation. Here are a few pics to give you an idea of just how much fun this was. And to make you completely jealous. ;-) cd