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Ventoux Trip - Day 2 - France


N 49.47523°, E 03.71999°


It's been a day of bedding in, taking things easy and pootling down the back roads of rural France.

As always, in the rural towns and villages there's invariably a great deal of civic pride evident, litter is non existent and all public places are impressively neat and tidy.

The pic shows a very typical scene from a random town. The amount of work to restore the loco and to create and maintain the scene is unimaginable: yet everything was just so.

This kind of pride is replicated time and again and it's enviable. It's sad to think that we just don't get this level of respect for surroundings in the all-too-often litter-ridden streets at home.

We're overnighting at the coordinates and the surroundings are fantastic. The area is a sanctuary for some or other species of blue butterfly (not sure which as the translations are a struggle). It's also fantastic for birds and I've seen black redstarts and all manner of raptors.

Currently laying in bed listening to a chorus of cicadas and tawny owls. Top stuff.

In other news, Emma managed a run this morning and I had a blast out on the bike around tea time. Hot and muggy but we both enjoyed it.

Irritatingly, the fridge has packed in yet again. The new thermostat we fitted in Ireland has worked for a total of about nine days before failing. The fridge now refuses to turn off at all and it looks like we're in for more ruined food and yet another round of being patronised by Dometic on our return to the UK. 

Under no circumstances could I - in good consience - recommend a Dometic Waeco compressor fridge to anyone. A cool box and a bag of ice is 100% more reliable. Must research good quality top loading fridges on our return, they're a better design altogether in terms of keeping the cooler air where it's supposed to be.

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