In this extract from her blog, Catherine Pringle describes her tandem ride through the Cévennes. This blog post doesn’t appear in the final version of Peloton of Two, but it hints at an important decision that lies ahead for her in the story.
The post title borrows from Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes. Catherine quotes from Stevenson’s book in the post. (There are other quotes from his book in my list of favourite quotes.)
Cycling in the Cévennes with a donkey
by Catherine Pringle
Day 42, Friday 29 July.
Today’s ride took us south-west from Florac and up onto the Corniche de Cévennes, a ridge-top ride with spectacular views across the Parc national des Cévennes. After the ride along the Tarn valley, which by the third day seemed almost oppressive, the ascent onto the 700 metre high Corniche was liberating. Starting just outside Florac, we began a steady climb through Saint-Laurent and up and over the 1,000 metre high Col des Faisses. Then we descended a little, levelling out onto the Corniche. [Read more…]