2013 Tour de France Travel Log #6

July 16, 2013

Day 6. Stage 16 Vaison la Romaine. Fun to watch the boys roll out!

On Tuesday we rode our bikes from our hotel in Violès to Vaison-la-Romaine to view the start of Stage 16. We saw the racers at the ceremonial podium sign in and we saw them depart for the stage. It was a very festive scene!

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Afterward we did a really nice rolling ride around the vineyards. We had lunch at the street market in Vaison-la-Romaine overlooking the sites of Roman ruins. The vendor food at the market was absolutely incredible. We purchased fresh roasted chicken, several different kinds of olives, roasted red pepper, and a fresh pineapple for dessert. We ate sitting on the sidewalk in our cycle clothes/shoes with the passerby greeting us, “Bon appetit! Bon appetit!” Unbelievable. Sure beats my usual ride stops in the states at the Sheetz and the High’s convenience stores.

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After lunch we climbed to Suzette where we had a cool beverage at a cafe and then we rode over to Gigondas before heading home. In the evening we attended a really nice free wine tasting in Gigondas and then we had dinner there (which in France always takes 3-4 hours). There is wine and great food everywhere. All amazing.

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Daily Ride data:

On Strava  http://app.strava.com/activities/69110115

On Garmin Connect  http://connect.garmin.com/activity/346841171

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