travelled through so far. We pass around the impressive sight of Montbrun clinging to the steep hillside, but are not tempted to enter into the village with its narrow and very steep lanes. This does not let us off climbing however, because we are now on a serious ascent all the way to Aurel. We press on, making several stops when a spot of shade appears in order to have a drink and cool down. It is very hot. We share these shady stops with various Czech cyclists who are in a small group strung along the road and struggling with the climb. At Aurel, le Relais du Mont Ventoux appears at the roadside with an inviting area of shaded seating perched on the cliff edge. There are other cyclists sitting there. Impossible to pass by so it is time for a sit down and SdM&C.
The road from here to Sault turns out to be a pleasant level balcony ride beside and above the valley below. It finally delivers us into the centre of Sault. Our first port of call is the OdT for check the next few days weather forecast for Mont Ventoux. Tomorrow looks good, the following two days less certain. A bit of shopping, then we drop down the steep road from Sault to the valley bottom and take the back road to return to la Loge and our B&B.
We are welcomed back. Before showering and changing John swops the touring panniers for smaller ones, checks the trike all over for any loose bolts or frayed cables and generally fettles it for tomorrow.
S&W, chocolate and a rest. In the evening we take the car (strange experience this motorised travel) into Sault and search out the bike shop for a can of spray lubricant. We also fill up the car with diesel at the supermarket where fuel prices are quite good.
Back in the town centre we settle on a restaurant beside the large terrace that gives Sault its splendid views out across the valley and of Mont Ventoux in the distance. We have the “cyclists meal”.
Not too many, but some thing come up so often in the course of our cycle touring that it is not worth writing them out in full each time:
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