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Cycling, Wine and Cultural Tours in the Dordogne, Pyrenees and Southwest of France.

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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

Nat and Jim France

Nat and Jim at the Chateau de Pitray before dinner, on the terrace, enjoying a Vin d'Orange.

Nat and Jim France

Cocktail hour before the lunch at Pitray for the Criterium de Castillon ... V.I.P.

Nat and Jim France

... lunch at the Criterium de Castillon.

Nat and Jim France

The Criterium de Castillon race.

Nat and Jim France

... at the race, moments before the torrential downpour.

Nat and Jim France

Thursday we took a 3 hour drive south the ride the Col d'Aubisque in the Pyrenees. We were blessed with beautiful weather and a marvelous day of bike riding. We rode 60 miles, the Col d'Aubisque and Col de Soulor, both in this year's Tour de France.

Nat and Jim France

Near the summit of the Col d'Aubisque.

Nat and Allan Aubisque

Reaching the summit!!

Nat and Jim France

... at the summit of the Col d'Aubisque, enjoying a cold Coke before heading towards the Col de Soulor.

Nat and Jim France

Boys will be boys and they have to climb on the toys. Nat takes a picture of Jim.

Nat and Jim France

The beginning of our decent towards the Col de Soulor.

Nat and Jim France

... watch out for those pesky animals.

Nat and Jim France

... perfect weather and a perfect day.

Nat and Jim France

Nat and Jim France

Natalie at the bottom of the mountains pedaling a small country road.

Nat and Jim France

This is a 16th century Chateau, one of many in the French country side. Here we are near the Chateau de Pitray and no longer in the Pyrenees. I though I would end with this shot.