Inspired by a glorious, three-day window in my work schedule, I packed up my paniers with some camping gear, minimal clothing and some snacks and headed to the North side of Ventoux to begin a solo biking adventure in the Drôme. Solo bike touring has become my saving grace during the summer. Since I’m usually guiding large groups of cyclists and hikers, I appreciate the peace and quiet of the open road to recharge my batteries and relax, meet local characters and discover amazing new bicycling routes. This trip didn’t disappoint me in the least! Despite not being prepared enough for the cold weather at night in my trusty tent and battling a 70kph head-wind for two days, everything else was serendipitous, spontaneous and light-hearted fun! My camp wasn’t even over-run by wild boars during the night (this seemed to be my only legitimate concern), and I managed to accomplish my goal of riding 100k a day in spite of the wind and hills.
For those of you who might want to bike the route too, some of my favorites, in chronological order, were Buis-les-Baronnies (incredible tea and organic market), Séderon, the D546/D542/D592 into Gorges de la Méouge (Finally, I found some good swimming holes in Provence!) and Revest-du-Bion. I’m happy to post a more detailed route if requested!