My May excursion is typically a combination of riding and gardening (in that order). The winter has been wet and the spring warm which is just about perfect for growth conditions. Rediscovering the garden is like catching up with an old friend which in turn is a bit like a couple of my staple rides: up to St Antininu and the Col de Salvi. The picture I tweeted from the Col of the Red Kite flying towards me caused great interest on Twitter - "OMG what is that"!! Just a bird, albeit a very large one. It was so popular that I've included it again here.
I took the opportunity to drive down to Solenzara in Corse-du-Sud to ride the Route de Bavella as this is a very good time of year to do so from a temperature and traffic perspective. I've updated my route description which you can read by clicking the link. It is without doubt a spectacular road to ride but I'm not sure I'd recommend it in the height of the summer as the Col is a tourist mecca. Afterwards I returned to Solenzara via l'Ospedale - what a superb view of Porto-Vecchio bay and Sardinia in the distance from just below the village. My Gallery page has new photographs of Bavella and Ospedale.
Returning home I drove through the wonderfully named, Défilés des Strette and de L'Inzecca which you can ride following Vivario Cols. On through Ghisoni, paying respects to Neptune as I passed by, and up and over the Col de Sorba for a drink at Le Chalet on the Col de la Serra. These roads are just a cycling paradise.