Well as it turned out, this was a plan B day. The skies were overcast with a chance of rain so it was decided to try a more local route so if it started to pour, we wouldn't have a long way to ride to make it home.
Phillipe had a route in mind that would take us up a 25-30 Km climb then loop back to the start. It was fairly level to start of the climb then a mild, but unrelenting climb to the top where sandwiches and coffee awaited us.
We then left the town in some light drizzle. The descent was steep and winding, but the drizzle stopped which made the ride very pleasant.
By the time we got back, we had traveled 75 plus Km and 3000 foot (915 meters) climb.