Following the Yellow Brick Road to Dole (Lons-le-Saunier to Gray 2016 Day 25)

Today's photo shows a roadside memorial near Dole. French memorials often just show the person's first name and unlike Irish memorials normally don't include the date of the accident. Unlike First World War monuments, roadside memorials are not that common in France and after cycling 3,000 km around France, I only came across about a … Continue reading Following the Yellow Brick Road to Dole (Lons-le-Saunier to Gray 2016 Day 25)

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An Oasis of calm at a Jurassic campsite (Saint Rambert-en-Bugay to Lons-le-Saunier 2015 Day 24)

Today's photo shows a mural outside a bakery in the town of Villemotier. The writing on the plaque above the oven says "Bread baked in a wood burning stove oven". Bakeries in France are quite common and open even on Sundays but this mural makes this "boulangerie" really stand out. Today - 107 km. Total so … Continue reading An Oasis of calm at a Jurassic campsite (Saint Rambert-en-Bugay to Lons-le-Saunier 2015 Day 24)

Overtaking a Ferrari and giving it a lash in the Tunnel du Chat (Les Marches to Saint Rambert-en-Bugey 2015 Day 23)

Today's photo shows a Ferrari parked at the entrance to the Tunnel du Chat above Lac du Bourget in the Savoy region of France. This was the only Ferrari I saw throughout my trip around France so I was incredibly lucky to get this shot. Today - 80 km. Total so far - 1730 km. … Continue reading Overtaking a Ferrari and giving it a lash in the Tunnel du Chat (Les Marches to Saint Rambert-en-Bugey 2015 Day 23)

To Savoy with Travoy after bidding “slan abhaile” to Noel (Grenoble to Les Marche 2015 Day 22)

Today's photo shows the Dent des Crolles, which means the Tooth of Crolles. The name is derived from the small town of Crolles, which is located halfway between Grenoble and Chambery. It was the most spectacular mountain I saw in France and believe me I saw a lot of mountains. At 2,062m it is less … Continue reading To Savoy with Travoy after bidding “slan abhaile” to Noel (Grenoble to Les Marche 2015 Day 22)

The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to finally climb to the top (Return to Alpe d’Huez 2015 Day 21)

It is rare on a short holiday to go back to the same place again but Alpe d'Huez is one destination that is well worth visiting twice. I left it too late the previous day to climb the Alpe so was determined today to give it a second shot. In 1992, I had tried climb … Continue reading The record for the slowest ever ascent of Alpe d’Huez as it takes me 23 years to finally climb to the top (Return to Alpe d’Huez 2015 Day 21)

Waiting for Godot and Pinot during an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez (Alpe d’Huez 2015 Day 20)

Today's photo shows Nairo Quintana as he sped past us on Stage 20 of the Tour de France about 4.5 km from the summit of Alpe d'Huez. About 150 km traveled today from Grenoble to Alpe d'Huez and back. Today was Alpe d'Huez day, a day I had been looking forward to all year. The … Continue reading Waiting for Godot and Pinot during an epic stage of the 2015 Tour de France on Alpe d’Huez (Alpe d’Huez 2015 Day 20)

A crazy fan almost causes havoc at Saint Jean de Maurienne during the 2015 Tour de France (St Jean de Maurienne 2015 Day 19)

Today's photo shows a banner at a roundabout in St. Jean de Maurienne welcoming the Tour de France to the town. Romain Bardet had won the stage which finished in St. Jean de Maurienne the day before and we were looking forward to seeing the Tour leave from the same town the next morning. About … Continue reading A crazy fan almost causes havoc at Saint Jean de Maurienne during the 2015 Tour de France (St Jean de Maurienne 2015 Day 19)

From balcony roads to a hotel with a balcony in Grenoble (Beauvoir-en-Royans to Grenoble 2015 Day 18)

Most of my route today was along the cycle-path beside the Isere river. It was great to be away from all the traffic, especially on the approach road into Grenoble. Total today - 55 km. Total so far - 1550 km. It was so much cooler today after all the thunderstorms the day before so it … Continue reading From balcony roads to a hotel with a balcony in Grenoble (Beauvoir-en-Royans to Grenoble 2015 Day 18)

Chabeuil to Beauvoir-en-Royans (2015 Day 17) Beyond the Thunder in Drome

Today's photo was taken near Beauregard-Baret and shows the typical landscape in this part of France. Total today - 40 km. Total so far - 1495 km. Only a short trip today as I was still suffering from the after-effects of the heat stroke on Monday. For some reason, I just had no power today … Continue reading Chabeuil to Beauvoir-en-Royans (2015 Day 17) Beyond the Thunder in Drome

From one of the worst campsites in France to one of the best (Frontignan to Chabeuil 2015 Day 16)

Today's photo shows the main train station in Valence after I had got off the train from Avignon to Valence. Decided to let the train take the strain today as it was the only way I could have made it to Grenoble by Thursday in time for the Tour de France. I had already cycled 450 km … Continue reading From one of the worst campsites in France to one of the best (Frontignan to Chabeuil 2015 Day 16)

The wheels come off the bus at the Bad Day campsite in Frontignan (Capestang to Frontignan 2015 Day 15)

I must have crossed over the Canal du Midi 6 times today and at nearly every crossing, there was a boat going past. Some locks on the canal have over 10,000 boat movements per year and the canal is probably as busy now than at any time since it opened in 1681. Total today 75 km. Total so far - 1420 … Continue reading The wheels come off the bus at the Bad Day campsite in Frontignan (Capestang to Frontignan 2015 Day 15)

A circus, a citadel and cruising along the Canal du Midi (Escosse to Capestang 2015 Day 14)

My route today took through Carcassonne and past the world famous Cite de Carcassonne. The magnificent stone wall around the medieval city is over 3 km long and has 52 towers but only 2 entrance gates. The Cite dates from the 13th century but it lay in ruins for hundreds of years until restored by … Continue reading A circus, a citadel and cruising along the Canal du Midi (Escosse to Capestang 2015 Day 14)