Every Direction Deserves a 2nd Chance

If you’ve been a good blog reader, you’d know that I have been fairly anti east-west when it comes to bike riding around Montpellier. Maybe it was the ‘vin chaud’ last night, but I was in a generous mood today, and decided to give the west another chance, and headed out to find a wine village called St. Georges d’Orques, one the oldest and most highly regarded wine pockets around Montpellier. It was 7 km before I got out of town (usually much less), but mostly on bike paths at least. I’m happy to report that this time the west didn’t disappoint. As soon as I found a way to cross the highway outside of the city, I discovered this bike path cutting through the St. Georges d’Orques vineyards.

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Taking me right into the village.

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There really wasn’t much in town, but the center sported an ancient church with an interesting selection of faces looking down on you as you enter. I guess India doesn’t have a monopoly on holy cows anymore.

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After St. Georges d’Orques I started to loop around to the south and make my way back home, passing this little abbey on the way.

 

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And one final bike path on the D5, a pretty major road around here, it seems. This one is quite promising because it heads due west, and looks like it goes on for a good while, running through pancake-flat plains of vineyards. The sun is out again, so I might see where it leads to sometime this weekend.

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