Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Outside The Office: Dr. Tina Conway's Cycling Trip

What do a bunch of veterinarians do on summer holiday?

In the middle of June, I went with a small group of veterinary bike enthusiasts from all over the United States to Provence, France for a continuing education conference and a chance to bike across the beautiful countryside.

Daily early morning breakfast lectures became our routine warm-up for the wondrous cycling through Provence.  Our week took us to fields of blossoming lavender and sunflowers, across the Pont du Gard (an ancient Roman Aqueduct built in the 1st century AD), and over the Pont Julien (an ancient Roman bridge dated to 3 BC).

No cycling trip to Provence would be complete without tackling Mount Ventoux (aka “The Beast of Provence”). Mount Ventoux is the largest mountain in the region and is well known not only for its role in the Tour de France but for its fierce winds and unpredictable weather (which I can assure you are epic!)

This is my second year touring and cycling in France and I can’t wait to go back in 2015. Stay tuned for my update next August when I return to the French Alps, not only as a cyclist but as a lecturer as well.


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