A brilliant trip!
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The weather forecast for the week wasn't great (we travelled early April), but it cleared up for the day of the ascent of Ventoux and we made it to the top, after a couple of breaks and a sugary chocolat chaud at Chalet Reynard!
What did you think of your group leader?
N/A as we were self guided
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
As others have said, shops do close at rather inconvenient times for the touring cyclist, so make sure you have your picnic ready before you set off in the mornings. If it's not quite coffee-time and you pass a cafe that's open, but you think "maybe we should press on till the next one" - don't! There might not be one, or it might be closed! Pay close attention to the trip notes, although there were a couple of errors - easily rectified though so long as you keep you own 'internal compass' switched on! While the distances look quite modest, we generally averaged around 15km/hr (as experienced, but out of training cyclists) due to terrain, frequent stops at pretty villages, sluggish hire bikes, panniers packed with food & warm clothing and the WIND!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Language-wise, people seemed genuinely happy that we were English (often didn't know if we were Scandanavian, German, American, Australian etc). I do have A-level French (20 years ago) which was useful as an opener, but generally people did seem to want to practise their own English on us. Having said that, on the night that we got a lift back to Charembeau with the chef of the Bistrot de Pays, we had a full-on discussion in French on the merits of Provencal Andouillette compared to Ardechois Andouillette (tripe sausage!). So you could equally do the whole trip in French if you wanted