Auxerre to Agen
Another recumbent bike epic across France. There seems to be a theme developing, accidentally, but based on European Bike Express' collection points; the last one was B to B (Beaune to Barcelona), this one is A to A.
Having gone down the east of France and over the Massif Central last year this year I thought I'd explore the westerly area a little more. So, this trip went from Auxerre, followed the Canal du Nivernais to Decize, went west towards Chateauroux and Le Blanc then Poiter, followed La Vienne river skirting Angouleme, Limoge and Perigeux to get to La Reole, finally following the Canal Entre Deux Mers to Toulouse and a bit beyond before returning to Agen for the coach journey home.
About 1,500km in all.
A quiet spot
As you can see, it's not busy. I think there were about 3 other pitches occupied and then later a 4th.
Saint Savin to Availles-Limouzine
10th July, 74km, Avg 13.5km/hr, Max 54km/hr, 5.5 hrs riding 7 hrs total.
Rollover this image to see a quick map of where Availles-Limouzine is.
The link below is to the map for this section, it's just a repeat of the maps from page one if you've already downloaded them. It's an pdf file.
It was a beautiful cool start out of Saint Savin, a quiet road following the Gartemps river. But I was tired and the landscape was more wheatfields and hills, each one of which was quite hard work. Still, it was great being out on such quiet roads, knowing that if you did have cars overtake they'd do so with lots of room to spare.
Heaven on a bike
I'm sorry, this probably gets a bit boring but really, roads like this, with perfect tarmac and no cars, are so nice to ride on. Whilst there are hedgerows to separate fields, which is good for wildlife, there are also lots of roads with no hedges running alongside them, which is very good for recumbent bike riders. Much better views.
I assume there are chateaux here, but I must admit I didn't go alookin', I did like this house though. It has a Chambre d'Hote sign on it so perhaps that's what it is. I'm not sure if the flags indicated a fête day or it was in preparation for the 14th July in four days time.