|FRANCE 2008: Trip
We hadn’t been looking forward
to cycling through the busy industrial town of Apt and
were delighted to find that the European Cavaillon
Veloroute went right
through it following the route of the old railway line.
is newly paved and very flat and we made excellent
time to the old bridge, Pont Julien.
Then we tackled the long hill to Lacoste.
It had been a long, hot ride and we were pleased to
find a bar with a terrace and
a magnificent view. Two beers restored our energy and
spirits for the remaining climb past the ruins of the
Marquis De Sade castle, it was difficult
to believe that such horrors had happened in such a
We stayed at the La Magnanerie
bed and breakfast (Maison d'Hotes de Charme). We can
highly recommend it, the facilities were excellent and
the owners hospitable and thoughtful. We had packed
some leftover ham, cheese and fruit from Forcalquier
and bought some bread and wine along the way. We ate
on the terrace just at sunset.
We cycled the remaining 20 or so
kilometers along the bicycle route to Cavaillon. Somewhere
along the way our cycling computers clicked over 1000
kilometers total distance for the holiday.
The train to Miramas was the modern
type where we could wheel our bikes in without removing
the panniers. We assumed that the train from Miramas
to Marseille would be the same but
were shocked to find it was the was the old fashioned
style with the high step and no provision for bicycles.
For once there was nobody around to help and the train
only stopped for two minutes so we plucked the panniers
from the racks and threw everything in as best we could.