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Cycling from the UK to the Mediterranean - just for a change


This is a ride in the opposite direction from our previous trips - to get the wind behind us!

2,083 km (1,294 miles) over 39 days from May 5, 2012 to June 12, 2012

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Equipment lists, Hybrid bicycles, MTB, 2-4 weeks
Locales: Europe, France, United Kingdom, Bourgogne, Haute-Normandie, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes, England, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Centre
Year: 2012

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/UKMed2012

Copyright © 2012-2014 By Jeff Smith - (contact)

Status: Completed Sep 2012
Last update: Monday September 24, 2012 03:31 (US/Pacific) (edited Mon 28 Apr 2014 06:59 (US/Pacific))
20,526 hits since April 12, 2012 (hitcounts updated nightly)
304 pics


Table of Contents

Another year, another cycle ride ...
The route that we will follow - more or less
Where we plan to stay
Maps and guides
Is there a break in the weather?
The kit list
Day 1: Where we learn that not all Service Areas have service roads
Day 2: Where we learn that Network Rail don't want you to get there ...
Day 3: Where we finally see where the sun went, they have it in France ...
Day 4: Where we descend a vertical bank with fully laden bikes
Day 5: Where we feel a little sore in the saddle ...
Day 6: Where we battle across the windy Beauce to Orleans ...
Day 7: Where we rendezvous with the Loire at Orleans, and in sunshine ...
Day 8: Where we enjoy the Loire despite the chilly NE winds ...
Day 9: Where the sun and the wind follow us ...
Day 10: Where we should sing "Never(s) on a Sunday" - but it is Monday ...
Day 11: Where we find that piste cyclables marked on the map do not always exist ...
Day 12: Where we go from Bourbon-Lancy to Palinges and get a rare puncture ...
Day 13: Where we survive a frostly night, and head further north to Chagny ...
Day 14: Where we meet the Saone and the Doubs
Day 15: Where we take a rest
Day 16: Where we leave the mosquitoes at the Doubs and head for the hills of the Jura
Day 17: Where we surprise ourselves in the hills of the Haut-Jura, and pass the 1000 km mark
Day 18: Where we reach the highest point of the trip and travel the day with the Ain
Day 19: Where we ride down the river Ain and meet the Rhone at Loyette
Day 20: Where we go up and down and up and down in the hills of Isére
Day 21: Where we cycle through the glorious hills of La Drome
Day 22: Where Ally feels a bit tired after the night of thunderstorms and torrential rain
Day 23: Where Sunday is a day of rest in Crest
Day 24: Where we climb up to the Col du Pas de Lauzun at 504m
Day 25: Where we arrive in the south of France
Day 26: Where we see the Pont d'Avignon (but don't manage to dance on it)
Day 27: Where we have a day of tourism in Arles
Day 28: Where we reach the Camargue and the Mediterranean
Day 29: Where we gladly leave Saintes Maries-de-la-Moustique and the Camargue
Day 30: Where we go over the wall and then get stuck in the mud
Day 31: Where we reach the Canal du Midi
Day 32: Where we complete our mission of cycling the whole of the Canal du Midi
Day 33: Where we take a break in comfort at Mirepeisset
Day 34: Where we amble towards Carcassonne, and are almost struck by lightning
Day 35: Where we make a day trip to the Cité of Carcassonne
Day 36: Where we enjoy our last full day of cycling in France along the Canal du Midi
Day 37: Where we leave France
Day 38: Where England greets us with rain, floods, mud, and fallen trees.
Day 39: Where we get back home
A belated afterthought or two


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