Avignon to Arles - Retyrement on 2 Wheels 2 - CycleBlaze

June 3, 2018

Avignon to Arles

Historical re-enactments, paddy fields and Van Gogh country.

June 3 Sunday 

Avignon to Arles  45kms

Late getaway: too long over coffee and internet.

Reasonable route and signage. One section on old railway where the locals were out en famille. Past orchards and vines. An old cherry tree and some windfall apricots provides a much needed sugar hit.

Our lunch stop overlooks a 2CV and other ‘Golden Oldies’, rally.

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Les Angles
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Théziers
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Wild cherry foraging.
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2CV with grunt.
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1950s Renault.
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Pleasant place in Beaucaire.
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 The signage  runs  out at Beaucaire. This is a large town with ancient walls and metal mooring rings from a time when the river was closer. A fete du chante is attracting crowds and contestants in national dress. The girls have lace shawls and a coif of lace on the head. Men wear waistcoat and hat. They are heading to the the Arena . You know you are heading south when the bull fighting posters appear.

Outside the walls there are boys playing soccer, families picnicking, men in bars. We circuit the town to the right, along a canal and do find a cycle sign ( not our Via one ) but it is in the right direction, so off we go past a 14th century arch. We decide there are towns to see and appreciate beyond the tourist traps. This one we find later, supplied the stone for Aigues Mort ( their alluvial soil lacking rock).

The 14th century arch.
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Across country we go on small lanes. Vines and rice fields. Lots of green .

Van Gogh country, approaching Arles.
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Vineyards and paddy fields.
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Confusion at one intersection was remedied by a German couple with GPS, the only cyclists we’ve seen this afternoon. We kept them in sight and were soon in the outskirts of Arles in a concrete underpass that was lavishly graffitied.

Entry to Arles like a set for a dystopian movie.
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Arles- no brutalist architecture here, merci!
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Again the O of T provided the necessary camping directions. City camping is far from full but we are directed to site 73. We decided 70 was more comfortable and hoped CTV camera would not betray us. Miles to Le sanitaire , how do they manage in high season?

Just as we start our tomato, cucumber and onion salad with local saucisson, the grey clouds let loose. We decamp inside the tent. Later, A beer at the bar, phones charging on their multiplug, we are content.

Marmot dining as the rain beats outside.
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Today's ride: 45 km (28 miles)
Total: 558 km (347 miles)

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