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Ventoux Trip - Day 11- France

N 45.36797°, E 01.53520°

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It rained heavily from about mid morning to mid afternoon and it felt cold at about 23°C. It was a proper miserably grey French day: they somehow dampen spirits even more than rainy summer days at home. France, the French, and tourists alike all seem to take on a particular melancholy.

By late afternoon things had brightened up no end and we even bagged what appears to be a good aire. We haven't used one for years and this is the first one we've ever used in the truck. They are a very mixed bag and it's extraordinarily rare to find nice ones that aren't rammed to bursting.

This one (coordinates) is right next to a typically French lakeside recreation area compete with beach and public swimming. It would have been rude not to give the lake a go: so in we went. I also managed a bike session today and Emma a run. It's grand to be out training but neither of us have fully recovered from the Ventoux effort yet, that really is one tough climb.

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