Thursday dawned, and I fancied trying to reach the Ardèche river where it twists and winds through a gorge. The area is a nature reserve and it promised some spectacular views. I wasn't disappointed.
What with the cracking weather, I went through a lot of sunscreen and water on this ride. The route started with a good climb over the hills north of Privat and then a meandering pedal along the tarmac roads connecting various picturesque little villages. On reaching the nature reserve, the track became much rougher until eventually I abandoned the bike and continued on foot until I reached a viewpoint over the river - stunning! I took a different route on the return leg, passing through yet more pretty little villages before coasting back down the hill to Privat, a shower, and a jump in the pool.
|Overall distance||26.4 miles, 42.5 km|
|Altitude range (highest-lowest point)||1014 ft, 309 m|
|Altitude: Min, Max||72, 381 m|
|Total climb, total descent||835, 835 m|