Today we completed our first Charente cycle circuit of the year with the smell of sun cream in the air as we bared our white winter legs and arms in the warm sunshine. Our start point for Circuit 33 is two villages away and following route B gave us a 34km ride through pretty villages, fields of leeks, peas, wheat and rapeseed, tidy pruned vineyards and wide open vistas. Also spotted today were a Frankton Trail memorial commemorating Operation Frankton – a Royal Marine Commando raid on Bordeaux in 1942 using canoes via the Gironde estuary and an amazing 160 km escape on foot to Ruffec, an old washhouse, an old walnut millstone and a medieval graveyard, the final resting place of crusading knights. These are just some of the reasons I love cycling in the French countryside and I can't wait to get out and about on a regular basis this year.
|The Frankton Trail|
|Tidy pruned vines|