Road Views: Cévennes
After spending last week eating and drinking my way through our first and last tour of the year –
Haute Route Ventoux – I got back on the bike and drove up to Alès to do a loop in the Cévennes. Here are a few shots from the cockpit.
I started my ride in a city, so the first 30 minutes was on a ‘big road’, but on a Saturday morning, it was pretty quiet.
The big road peaks out at around 450 meters, which looks like it could have been 500 meters if they hadn’t sliced the mountain in half to make the road.
My next road – the D297b – was a new one for me and is one of the many roads that lead to Bessèges, a pretty depressing town these days, but a major center of the mining industry in its heyday.
This blurry photo tells you that I’m in Europe, or at least not in Canada! These low stone walls are ubiquitous here on the smaller roads and are the perfect height to sit on and munch a banana, or stop and take a photo, which I see I should have probably done.
A little side road near Génolhac that crosses over one of the oldest stretches of railway in France, built in the 1830s to bring coal from the mountains to the Rhône River.
And finally, 12th century Château de Portes, because no ride in France is complete without a castle!