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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.

Auxerre Town

It was only just past 7.00am and so things were still quiet, this is the Yonne river by the way since the canal doesn't start until later.

 

Rubbish

Even the waste heaps were pretty!

 

Houses & Canals

This is the first in what will end up a series of photos of lovely houses next to a canal.  I wasn't really paying attention at the time but it could be that this is where the canal deviates from the river, since you can see a canal lock and the river continuing to its right.

 

Follow my leader

The group of four cyclists, two men and two women, I would track for the next couple of hours.  Sometimes I'd lead and sometimes they would.  It'd depend on which of us was stopping to chat, eat croissant, or take photos. The cyclepath, with wonderfully smooth tarmac as you can see, was easy riding.  So, even with my two panniers, it was still easy to cruise at 25km/hr.

It was not until they stopped to turn back that I actually spoke to them, other than an initial 'bonjour'.  Then it was questions about my recumbent and the planned trip that were the topics of conversation.