Port Mur to La Balme des Grottes - Retyrement on 2 Wheels 2 - CycleBlaze

May 26, 2018

Port Mur to La Balme des Grottes

We go off piste, meet a Faroe cyclist and find a Lidl of what we fancy.

26 May Saturday 

55kms

Port Mur to La Balme des Grottes

We go off piste, meet a Faroe cyclist and  find a Lidl of what we fancy.

Heat building as we pack up. Coffee and croissant at reception and use internet.

Route has excellent surface and I use top gear trying to keep up with Michael, practising my " drafting " skills. However the signs differ from the Cicerone guide ( they had warned that route markers in Isere were haphazard).

Brégnier-Cordon
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Saint-Benoît
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You have been warned.
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Le Port de Groslee
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Groslée
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Reflecting on Brangues.
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After Groslee, none of the names in our guide match the route markers so we follow the local signs through woods and newly ploughed fields. At Morestel we find  fruit and nuts, and chat to a cyclist from the Faroe Isles, on bike he put together himself.

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The Kona with full load.
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Brangues
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Eventually we go back to river near Sault Brenaz which we follow almost until Lagnieu.

When you come to a fork, take it.
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Creys-Mépieu.
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The Rhône- silhouette on right indicates the great heights river can reach.
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Sault-Brénaz
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Saint Sorlin-en-Bugey
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Chateau with river view.
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Spot a Lidl and so stock up for Dinner and Sunday. Ask a  woman in The queue for directions to cross river to La Balme des Grottes. She kindly waits in her car to show us way back to river.

No camping at the caves, prehistoric drawings there), so push on. Stop at BEAUSEJOUR which was a little less than  beau, but we do basic. Lots of cabins and everyone enjoying Sunday dinner.

Nicely sheltered campsite at Beausejour Camping.
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Fine dining care of Lidl.
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We have now established the routine for setting up camp. Picnic dinner and bed.

Today's ride: 55 km (34 miles)
Total: 179 km (111 miles)

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