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A Year in France 5.0

Old 03-18-09, 12:04 PM
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A Year in France 5.0

A few pics since the last dispatch. The weather has gotten really nice, i just overhauled the bike, and all the cold and wet miles over winter seem to be paying off. I went out today for 3 hours in perfect 67 degree sunshine and felt so good. No warmers or shoe covers for the first time in months and it was one of those days where you can just stamp the big ring all day long.
anyway here's some recent pics...

troglodyte houses in the Lot valley

Gaillac vineyards

impromptu tasting

the haul

village of Castlenau in the background

well before the houses, humans lived in the caves above

some days you can go for over an hour without a single car passing

village of Cordes
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Old 03-18-09, 12:13 PM
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this place has perfect chocolate-almond croissants

seriously...

Cordes-sur-Ciel


from todays ride, just a 10th century priory we'd never heard of in a tiny little village


taking it in

ass


fired up!...
hope you enjoy. in less than three weeks we're off to Belgium to catch some Classics action. more to come...
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Great pics as usual surferbruce, you are the envy of some of us who have been dealing with the less than pleasant winter.

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Hey, thanks for the updates!
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Nice photo ride report.
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You should realize that two of your tags right next to each other are:

'taking it in' followed by 'ass'. Just sayin'!

Nice pictures
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
You should realize that two of your tags right next to each other are:

'taking it in' followed by 'ass'. Just sayin'!

Nice pictures
freudian slip i guess...hahaha
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Neat stuff--thanks!
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The scenery pics are great, but the picture of the pastries in the display brings back great memories. Ohh, those eclairs and croissants!!!
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hello bruce... looks fantastic, that regal looks nice on your look as well!
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What a beautiful place to be. I envy you.
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Old 03-18-09, 02:39 PM
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i love these surfer bruce updates.

nice ass by the way
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Which Castelnau is that? I'm guessing the one near Montpelier, and not d'Auzan?
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Awesome!

Thanks for sharing.
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You guys look like a coupla cheese-eating surrender monkeys.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce
*sigh*

Thanks Bruce.
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Great pics! Thanks!
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wow, looks like an amazing place to ride.

looking forward to 6.0..
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*sigh* I seriously need to go back to Europe for some riding action again. Too beautiful to just pass it up.
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you are cool.
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why did you move to France? How did it pan out lining up a visa/getting citizenship?
awesome update though, how do you like the Regal?
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Originally Posted by rOOster14
why did you move to France? How did it pan out lining up a visa/getting citizenship?
awesome update though, how do you like the Regal?
we decided a year in France was a better option than remodeling the garage on our house. (I literally cncelled the contractor the day before they were to come) Been coming over here the last 5 years for 2-3 week vacations and after 9 years of building our small business and teaching kids we needed a break.
We got a long stay visa without too much trouble, citizenship on the other hand will wait for the right french woman..
Love the Regal. I had one, swapped through 3-4 saddles looking for something a little lighter, and came back to the Regal. I do wish they'd make a slightly lighter, trimmed down one, but it's still the most comfortable saddle I've had.
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Living the dream. You're doing it so right.

Good for you.
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i hate you both...

nice ride report!
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Thanks for the excellent pictures and post.
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