Provence Hilltop Towns: Today was spent cruising through the hilltop towns of Provence. This is the land of Peter Mayle and "A Year in Provence". His books were set in the towns we rode through today - Oppède; Menerbes, Bonnieux. The riding would have been easy if it weren't for every town being on top of a damn hill. But of course there are two paybacks for a ride up - spectacular views and a great downhill afterward.
One negative note for today. I experienced my first RRV mechanical problem - a broken spoke on the back wheel when I hit a bump on a fast downhill. Thanks to good friends Tim and Frank it was repaired in no time. But a little unnerving as I didn't bring very many spare spokes and I still have 4 weeks to go!