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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.

Canal & River Yonne

Here you can more clearly see the river running parallel to the canal.  At times the two waterways merged, at more navigable points I imagine.  The bridge is a road bridge, though later I'd come across a couple of large canal bridges.

 

Weeping Willows & Lazy Rivers

It was now about 9.30am and there were a few cyclists out and about.  Largely racing cyclists out for their Sunday morning spin.  As you can see it was a beautiful part of the country, lovely stone houses, weeping willows and the slow moving waters of the Yonne and the Canal du Nivernais whose waters were once used for transporting wood and coal to Paris.

 

The road less travelled

I saw the sign to Misery but decided against it.

 

Turn the handle

I can't imagine it, but by the looks of it you turn that little handle by hand if you want to lift this bridge.