France - Day 7 : Finally a break
Like last year we decided to buy a lot of food on our day off and then do nothing but eat. It was already warm at 9 o'clock, so we couldn't really sleep in. We had some food left from yesterday, but needed to go to the village after breakfast to buy more. Everywhere were cyclists and stores selling Ventoux stuff. At first glance there didn't seem a supermarket, but we found one eventually. I had emptied all my bags so we could carry as much food as possible. We bought everything: bread, jam, cheese, paté, a watermelon, a pineapple, maple joe, a fruitcake, wine, beer, lemonade, cookies, candy. We could barely put everything on our bikes. With full panniers we returned to the campsite where we laid everything out in the last remaining shadowy spot.
We could still spent a few minutes in the shade.
We displayed all the food and drinks
First we ate the watermelon, then the fruitcake. I ate the entire fresh goat cheese with a baguette, Bram didn't like it. Then we started on the pineapple. Butchering it with only a small pocket knife turned out to be pretty difficult. I ate a few pieces with the skin still on which messed my mouth up. Afterwards we were pretty full but the shade was gone.
Stefan and Bojan would arrive around 2 o'clock. It was around noon so we needed to kill some time. It was really too hot to just sit in the sun. We walked back to the village. There were 3 bike stores and some souvenir stands. We each send a postcard home before returning to the campsite. It was so hot that our bag with candy had turned liquid and spilled on my towel. I cut the damaged part out with a knife. The soles of my cycling shoes had also come apart due to the heat.
After a bit more baking Stefan and Bojan fortunately arrived, they had come by car and were travelling from campsite to campsite. They had brought a tarp and some chairs, so we could sit in the shade.
We were glad to be out of the sun
Pitching the tent and tarp was pretty hard work in the heat, but we managed. The fridge was also nice to prevent the rest of our food from melting.
Stefan's tarp and my tent in the background.
To the right is Bram's bivy bag, I think this is the only picture of it.
For dinner we would go out in the village, so we wouldn't have any dishes.
We started to feel a bit rested by the time we headed over to the village again
The Ventoux was always insight.
There was no restaurant where people were eating a big pile of food, which we definitely needed. Most were also pretty expensive, so we went for pizza. The salad I had was good, but not the pizza. The waitress was grumpy as well. The ice cream was nice.
The pizza's were big but didn't have any salt, which we really needed after sweating for 6 days.
At the campsite we drank some wine. Bram had bought French beer as well. We went to bed on time, because tomorrow we planned to climb the Ventoux.