I am exhausted! Had a great run today, 27 miles through Provence from Le Muy to Brignoles. I passed by vineyard after vineyard and Alex and I decided we have to stay at a château before this trip is done.
I was joined today by Gilles, the Dad of Fabrice, my sister’s husband. Fab’s family is from Provence and his Dad is a runner so he ran with me all morning and it was such a special occasion just to meet him, let alone run with him! When you have family-in-law abroad it isn’t everyday you get to spend time with them.
Alex and I drove to Marseille after I finished running to stay with Ludovic, a Coachsurfer living in the Vieux Port. Marseille is sprawling. Like, gigantic. I had no idea how big it was and found out today it is the second biggest city in France.
Ludo cooked us rice simmered in water mixed with poppy flower syrup, and it was delicious, a very soft sweetness. For dessert we had 7 different cheeses with bread and one Kinder Surprise Egg each 🙂 Ludo is, to say the least, a very thoughtful, interesting guy, and I am happy we are spending tomorrow night with him as well. His apartment is full of homemade delicacies, he has a home bar so fully stocked that he actually printed menus for his guests, and he explained water-based physics to us using an experiment with cracked pepper, a wine cork, water, and soap. I have a feeling he’ll be in the documentary.
Today’s stats: 27 miles, 1700 ft ascent, 1000 ft descent, sunny skies. And countless vineyards.
Oh I also got to go off road today on a crazy beautiful and steep private fire road…which ended up curving around thousands of rows of grapes and up and over this super steep pass with a view that made the climb more than worth it.