After several days of howling winds and disagreeable weather , today came as a great relief. The wind died completely , it was gloriously sunny and warm for this time of year. I cycled up to the plateau above Minervois via the steep 7km climb above the village of Siran. Up there it was so quiet and calm, I could almost hear the landscape breathing a sigh of relief after the battering it had had from the gales over the last few days. I could see clearly across to the Southern Pyrénées, glowing white in the sunshine, with all their recent snow.
Then down I flew on the long, gentle and winding descent through the hamlets of Fauzan and Montcelébre, along the Gorges of Cesse and Brian, to the village of Minerve, where the storm water from the mountains came into view in the gorges for the first time this Winter.
A beautiful soul-food ride of 63km and I arrived home to enjoy a tasty lunch, sitting outside on the bench in the sun with my four dogs