By Thomas P. Huber
I've got said luscious wines and succulent fruit and delightful dinners. yet there is not more evocative event of the 2 valleys than the odor of new-mown hay within the fields at nightfall. If someone have been to shut their eyes, they can now not inform in the event that they have been in Provence or the North Fork Valley. That candy, earthy smell is a part of the wonderful thing about those locations.
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I think the riders in the Tour would agree that this is indeed a substantial mountain when they near the top and their leg muscles burn unrelentingly. One dramatic aspect of Ventoux’s character that affects bicyclists and other living things is the mistral wind that blows across the peak on its way south from the Alps. The highest wind speed ever recorded at the summit was 193 miles/hour (320 kilometers/hour). That is very respectable when compared with the world’s longtime top recorded wind speed documented at Mount Washington, New Hampshire, where the wind was once clocked at 231 miles/hour (372 kilometers/hour).
When basalt does weather, it becomes very fertile soil. Many of the smaller, lower mesas below the Grand Mesa—such as Rogers, Garvin, and Pitkin Mesas—benefit from the deposition of gravelly deposits coming off the Grand Mesa. Because of the gravel these soils are difficult to work, but with a little water and a lot of backbreaking effort 42 The coarse gravels on the mesas that flank Grand Mesa are perfect soil for growing quality grapes. The Land to clear the larger stones, they become incredibly fecund and superb for orchards, especially vineyards.
The cold, hurricaneforce winds roar down the Rhône into Provence from the high Alps. Provence is renowned in France for these ferocious, cold winds, which can lower temperatures by 30° F in fifteen minutes, last for days, and make life miserable for everyone and everything—including the grapevines. While driving through the vineyard areas in the Coulon Valley on one of my early trips to the area, I could not figure out why all the grapevines were only four or five feet tall. They looked like some kind of midget variety compared with vines I had seen in many other parts of 26 Places the world, including Hotchkiss.