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Day 19 : The home stretch

Col de l'Homme Mort, Col de l'Aire Deï Masco


We paid the campsite at one of the few French people that speaks English. I almost slipped when we slowly cycled through a turn with sand on the road. During the first 50 kilometers we cycled a big loop around the Ventoux. There were a lot of other cyclists. My chain was completely worn out and squeaked but that was fine as it was our last day. We had planned to cycle 100 km today and 40 km tomorrow before taking the train. If we could manage to cycle 140 km today we would be able to take an earlier train. We decided to figure that out tonight. There were no really big mountains in those remaining 140 km, but there were 9 smaller climbs.

valley of the mont ventoux

View of the Mont Ventoux

valley of the mont ventoux

Everything went smooth, but I didn't feel like cycling anymore. It was the last day and we would have to spend the next 1,5 or 2 days in a train. During the afternoon we passed the col de l'Homme Mort, meaning the col of the dead man.

Col de l'Homme Mort

A ruin on top of the col de l'Homme Mort

Col de l'Homme Mort

Around 6 we arrived at the campsite that had been 100 km away. We still had enough time to complete the last 40 km that we had planned to cycle tomorrow. In a village we went to the bakery to get some more bread. Bram wanted to sent a text, but found out his credit was spent. He had just enough left to call home to ask if they could put on more. After hearing the voicemail those last dimes were also spent. I had to text home so my parents could call Bram's parents to ask if they could sent him more credit. The last col of the vacation was worthy of a picture.

Op de laatste col van de vakantie

Col de l'Aire deï Masco

Col de l'Aire deï Masco

Col de l'Aire deï Masco

We arrived at the campsite in Manosque. There was a guy whom I could barely understand asking for my ID-card, he would keep it until we paid in the morning. However, that would prevent us from leaving as early as possible. We went back later to ask if we could pay right away, which was fine. Then we took a shower and washed our clothes so we wouldn't smell so much that we would get kicked off the train.

 

Distance cycled : 140 km