Day 16 Frontignan to Remoulin

Posted by: Rob on 17/06/2013

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75.35 mi

1011.19 mi

Day 16
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I got up at my usual time of 7 am to see the sun working its way up a cloudless sky. A good start to any day!

I packed up and waited for the shop to open at 8. I bought a bargain bundle of yesterdays croissants for 1 Euro and got the obligatory pan o too.

Once I'd scoffed that down I got on the road. It was a very interesting place to ride, with lots of slithers of land in lots of bits of water. There was even a canal through the middle of a lagoon which was quite impressive.

I had a nice cycle path to follow, but just as I was thinking I might be able to follow it all the way to Montpellier, it kind of fizzled out and I ended up on the road.

After a while, the road became too busy for my liking, so I got off as soon as I could. I found a quieter route into Montpellier and then had the task of getting through it. It wasn't too bad and I was soon out the other side, but that was when things started to get a bit frustrating.

I didn't get lost as such, I just wasn't making much progress. The wind was relentless and I was getting concerned that I wasn't making good enough time.

I decided to stop and get myself together. I bought a baguette, more water and an eclair chocolat :-)

After that I felt much better and realised after a while that I was further up the road than I thought.

I managed to stumble across a really good cycle path that would take me all the way to Nimes.

It was a long old slog and it was hotter than ever.

Once I got to Nimes I bought some more water and an ice cold can of coke. I still had a fair way to go to the campsite I wanted to stay at near the Pont du Gard.

This was the toughest part of the ride and indeed my whole trip so far! It just seemed to be getting hotter and hotter! The road seemed endless and I had to stop twice more for cold drinks and water.

At one place the bloke seemed quite interested in my bike and he gave me half a melon for free, which I gratefully smashed down.

After that it was plain sailing as it was all down hill. I found the campsite no problem and was relieved to finally be able to stop!

I pitched up and had a shower and then headed over to dinner, which is where I am now.

I am having salmon to start and a great big steak for my main. Obviously there will be pictures :-)

Gallery

Morning view
Blue sky!
Higher than I thought!
The decent!
Road
The Rhone
Bridge!
Barge!
Valence
Hydro!
Water!
View!
Le Burger
Le choccy pudding
Lake

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  Rob on 18/06/2013

Just regular cow steak I'm afraid!
 

  Aidan on 18/06/2013

A thousand miles! Good going
 

  Aidan on 18/06/2013

Is that horse steak? Radical dinner
 

  Dad on 17/06/2013

I remember all the punctures we got on the trailer tent, mostly in very awkward places, that finished me with trailer tents for ever! Dad
 

  Mum on 17/06/2013

Well done for your 1000 miles clocked up! Are you planning on going onto the Pont du Gard. I remember it being very hot there and not liking the height of the bridge.
 

  Kirst on 17/06/2013

Remoulin? I just looked for Remoulin on the map and it's away back towards Lourdes. I thought you'd spent the day going backwards, but if you went through Nimes earlier, it must be a different Remoulin!
 

  Karen on 17/06/2013

Haha yes I did, in fact that was what first came into my mind when Dad reminded us about the freezers in the supermarkets, but I didn't like to mention it ! Sorry to hear that my trauma had such an impact on your holiday too that you can still recall it 25 years later!! In my defence it was the worst wasp sting I have ever had...just watch out in case any of its descendants are still around.....:)
 

  Rob on 17/06/2013

If I recall correctly, you got stung by a wasp and spent days moaning about it! ;-)
 

  Karen on 17/06/2013

Yes I remember how hot it was as well...looking forward to seeing the pics. Finster is going to post tomorrow after you have put the pictures up. Congratulations on getting to a thousand miles!!
 

  Rob on 17/06/2013

Yes, I remember that holiday very well. I am in familiar territory at the moment!
 

  Aidan on 17/06/2013

Next time smash down another pain au chocolat as well as a melon.Brill blog so far!
 

  Dad on 17/06/2013

Pont du Gard HOT!! Do you remember when we went to supermarkets so we could open the freezer doors to cool off! I have sent you an email - have you seen it? Dad