France in Two Parts: Burgundy and then south - CycleBlaze

France in Two Parts: Burgundy and then south

Burgundy first, then down the Rhone to Languedoc and Provence

By Eva Walters & Al Walters
1,043 km (648 miles) over 43 days between Oct. 6, 2011 and Nov. 17, 2011
Vancouver to Lyon: October 6-10 around Lyon heart 2

BURGUNDY

Around Dijon heart 2
Dijon to Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: A great start! heart 4
Chateauneuf-en-Auxois to Semur-en-Auxois: cattle, canal and clear skies heart 3
Semur-en-Auxois to Avallon: King Arthur's home town? heart 3
Avallon to Vezelay and back: loop ride, no weight on the bikes heart 1
Avallon to near Chazelle-l'Echo: a tower in the countryside heart 1
Chazelle-l'Echo to Arnay le Duc: salt and pepper heart 1
Arnay le Duc to Beaune: up and then down through beautiful vineyards heart 1
Around Beaune: no cycling heart 1
Beaune to Nuit St. Georges and back: loop ride, no weight on the bikes heart 1

RHONE-ALPES

Beaune to Montelimar by train: heading south heart 1
Montelimar to Pierrelatte: an unexpected bike path heart 1

Back and forth in PROVENCE and LANGUEDOC

Pierrelatte to Vaison-la-Romaine: ancient history heart 1
Around Vaison-la-Romaine: no cycling heart 1
Vaison-la-Romaine to Carpentras: too much wind heart 5
Around Carpentras, mainly the market: no cycling heart 3
Carpentras to Bedoin and back: loop ride, no weight on the bikes heart 4
Carpentras to Orange via Chateauneuf-du-Pape: an eventful day heart 1
Around Orange: no cycling heart 0
Orange to Uzes: All Saints Day heart 1
Uzes to Pont du Gard and back: no weight on the bikes heart 3
Around Uzes: no cycling heart 2
Uzes to Sommieres: a soggy day heart 0
Sommieres to Montpellier: a much too soggy day! heart 0
Around Montpellier, no cycling: Sunday and Monday, Nov. 6 and 7 heart 0
Montpellier to Pezenas: Oh no, more rain! heart 0
Pezenas to Beziers: poets honoured heart 0
Around Beziers: no cycling heart 0
Beziers to Meze, Armistice Day: In sight of the Mediterranean heart 0
Meze to Aigues-Mortes: a windy ride to an impressive walled city heart 0
Around Aigues-Mortes: no cycling heart 1
Aigues-Mortes to Arles: our last cycling day of the trip heart 3
Arles to Lyon by train: exploring Arles in the morning heart 0

RHONE-ALPES again

Around Lyon: no cycling heart 0
Flying Lyon to Vancouver: Too many stops! A cautionary tale. heart 0
Summary and conclusions: after three tours in France heart 0