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Oct 9, 2019 - Day 40 Uzès Pont du Gard Loop

Highlights - we had a no rush day. Wonderful! - After breakfast in the chambres d’hôtes we left our panniers in the room and rode off to explore the region and have lunch at Uzès. A little medieval town that was touristy but interesting. - Passed through several other nice little towns on the way, following back roads that we often lined with wonderfully made flat rock walls. - Tom continued his grape vine investigations and finally found a few grapes that hadn’t been harvested. - The final part into Uzès was quite a steep climb. The...

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Oct 8, 2019 - Day 39 Arles to Le Pont du Gard

Highlights - followed ViaRhona path (more or less) - including a huge levy path , to Beaucaire. Briefly met a German couple cycle touring. - Beaucaire was a nice looking town with lots of boats on a canal, which met the Rhône - We had coffee stop in a lovely shaded old square (where I’d been 2 years earlier) - Took a great bike path all the way to the Pont du Gard. Included an old train tunnel with fabulous coloured lights that changed as we rode through. - Had picnic lunch by side of trail just before going into the park to see the...

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Oct 5, 2019 - Day 36 Frontignan to La Grande-Motte

Highlights - very flat riding - Lots and lots of water again - Nice short day - Bike paths almost the whole way. Often with a tail wind. - Navigation through some of the towns was tricky as the sign posts were missing or confusing - Arrived at La Grande Motte to find it was totally different to the other holiday beach towns we have passed through in France. The others were lots of high rise apartments in the usual style right up to the beach - This place was designed and built in the 60s/70s and quite ‘futuristic’ looking. With lots of...

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Oct 4, 2019 - Day 35 Béziers to Frontignan

Highlights - During breakfast, from our window, we watched the city of Béziers cleaners empty the garbage bins, machine sweep the streets and square , pressure clean the roads and all exposed items such as bench seats, then hand sweep any remaining hard to get areas. Amazing. And indeed the city was always totally clean! - I’m leaving the apartment we rode back to the interesting ‘nine’ locks (6 working) and studied it in more detail, watching a couple of day cruise barges move through the 6 locks. - Continued on the EV8 to the aqueduct...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Day 34 A day in Béziers

We could sleep in today. Yay! Then did a self guided walking tour around town. It’s a lovely town with a good vibe. The covered market was interesting with lots of places to eat. But at that stage of our walk we weren’t hungry! But we did buy some caponata which we ate later and it was delicious. Had lunch at a cafe in a leafy long park/avenue. Returned to the apartment and spent time cleaning the bikes ready for our departure tomorrow. Lunch - emmental omelettes with salad Dinner €25 for 2 - galettes and cidre in a restaurant...

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Oct 2, 2019 - Day 33 Narbonne to Béziers

Highlights - a mixture of ok and horrible (rocky and rutted with lots of tree roots) canal paths all day. - Cycling into the wind for much of the morning but early afternoon mostly had a strong tail wind. Thank goodness! - Followed the Canal de Robine all the way to it’s junction with the Canal du Midi. - Left the canal paths for a short time to escape the shocking surface and to look for somewhere for lunch. Many restaurants are closed now summer is officially over. - Stopped in the small town of Capestang and stumbled across the...

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Oct 1, 2019 - Day 32 Le Barcarès to Narbonne

Highlights - Rode through lots of water areas today. The sea, extensive salt flats and canals. - we weren’t on the coast for long and the inland change was very pleasant. - Rode up a bit higher, stopped in a village for morning tea at the boulangerie, - Went through an area with very stoney fields and hence the roads were lined with lovely dry stone walls - Dropped down again to the salt lakes and saw lots and lots of flamingoes. - Our route then took us for about an hour on rough stoney tracks in a salt marsh nature reserve. We were...

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Sep 30, 2019 - Day 31 Las Illas to Barcares

MORE PHOTOS TO FOLLOW Highlights -great descent. Spoke to other riders on way up - EV8 was really well marked with separated bike path for 90% of route. Only on roads in larger towns. - Stopped at beach town of Argelès-Plage for lunch in a restaurant - The Med has lots of long white sandy beaches in this area. - Fabulous looking back at the Pyrenees and seeing how huge they are - Passed many coastal holiday towns on the way. Very little happening at this time of the year, but clearly swarming with holiday makers in summer. - Arrived...

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Sep 29, 2019 - Day 30 Figueres to Las Illas

Highlights - We are now following the EuroVelo 8 - pleasant cycling on quiet back roads for the first 20km. Then it became very rough on back tracks which were up and down , stony and washed out or with enough sand to make it ‘exciting’ at times. - Got to the ugly town of La Jonquera which was where people came to buy discount/duty free stuff. Passed through this and the associated mass of freeways and side roads and soon moved away from the traffic, still following Spanish EV8 signs. - Eventually started climbing again on an old grooved...

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Nov 21, 2018 - Palavas-les-Flots

It was a very wet start for our last few hours drive in Spain but that did not deter us from visiting one more ancient town in Catalonia. Besalu was a really small but very interesting town with one of the best stone bridges we had seen to date. With records dating it to 1075 it had been lucky to survive a number of violent incidents including heavy bombing during the 1939 Cil War. A short walk around the centre area was finished with coffee to warm up. The first obstacle in the later morning's drive was road flooding caused by the...

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Aug 30, 2018 - The last summit, looking back on the Cevennes

Aug.30/18 We awake in our tower in the Chateau and take the usual breakfast of fresh baguette, homemade confitures, coffee and warm milk in a big bowl in the big stone walled dining room. The proprietor is a lovely mannered Rowan Atkinson lookalike who greeted our arrival yesterday with "asseyez-vous" and aperitifs in the courtyard, and gentle, patient French chatter with me. This morning he strikes us as somewhat mournful- he says he is selling the Chateau as his life is changing, and we wonder if perhaps the change was not a good...

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Aug 28, 2018 - Chateau in the woods

Aug. 28/18 Today is meant to be a shorter walk- or at least that is what we tell each other in order to convince ourselves to put on our hiking boots in the morning. It's actually still a 25 km walk, but the bulk of it is along a wonderful scenic flat trail along a now -defunct railway line following the Mimette River. It winds along wedged between the river gorges and the craggy ridges of the Casses plateau above us and is quite a gorgeous route, similar country I think to the Kettle Valley Railway trail. This trail is flanked at beginning...

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