All I can say right now about today is … hard, and the longest distance I’ve cycled in one (1) day.
More later, but this is the link for today – http://app.strava.com/rides/13752698
Today’s ride was always going to be hard, with more than seven (7) climbs, and 154 kms distance. It was hot, but not as hot as we had experienced in Italy, but still I drank probably eight (8) bottles of water during the day.
The ride was beautiful tough, through vineyards, and farm lands.
Our hotel for the evening was Sancerre, on top of a mountain which we had to climb right at the end of the day. The guides continually offered to take us up in the two (2) support vans, and while some took that option, the ANZUS group decided to make the climb, or at least attempt it. It was two (2) kms at varying 10% – 17%, and I managed to achieve about one (1) kilometre before I had to get off and walk, it had been a very long day and I was simply exhausted. I was nevertheless disappointed, but at the same time felt a great sense of exhilaration at the effort I put in today – a personal best distance with many climbs most of which were tough for everyone.
Sancerre is a beautiful hilltop town and castle and I hope to come back one day to enjoy it, rather than see it through a set of very tired eyes. I could only manage the main course and then went off to bed.
This is a link to Sancerre, a town well known it seems for wine – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancerre