Day 19 - St Laurent du Pape to Choranche

Posted by: Rob on 25/06/2018

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Distance: 57.03 mi

25/06/2018 07:28:38 CEST

Elev. gain: 2507.55 ft

Total time: 8:20:02

Riding time: 5:57:23

Ave. temp: 71.60 °F

Ave. speed: 9.58 mph

Max speed: 24.61 mph

Ave. power: 0.09 hp

Energy ex.: 6064.30 Btu

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1044.42 mi
Heading East
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I was up and away in good time this morning. I planned to continue on the Via Rhôna to Valance, then take it from there. I thought about blasting straight down the main road - it would certainly be much quicker, but in the end decided to follow the slightly more circuitous cycle route. And very pleasant it was too.

It was a little chilly first thing, but it soon warmed up and I stopped at a little café in Valance. It was just before 10, but as I hadn't eaten anything other than a few biscuits, I went for a ham, cheese and tomato panini thing with a PAR for dessert washed down with a coffee.

After leaving Valance, the path split. I could either continue north on La Via Rhôna or head east on Vèloroute Voie Vert Vallée de l'Isère. I headed east. Just as I was reading the info sign thing a French recumbenteer stopped for a chat. He spoke very good English and we chatted about our journeys before going our separate ways.

Following l'Isère was a bit different to the Rhône and I lost the path after a while and hit the road. I went through lots of nice, historic towns and the big hills of the Vaucluse loomed up ahead of me.

I stopped in St Nazaire en Royans for a second lunch. I got a quiche and an éclair chocolat. I also spent a fair bit of time searching for a decent campsite, before deciding on one and working out a route to get there.

I would have liked to have busted out a few more miles today - I certainly had time, but I had to make sure there was a campsite in the right place for me to stop without going massively off route.

I met Another French cyclist and we chatted for a bit to the best of our abilities what with the language barrier. He was a bit mad - but in a nice way!

By now I was riding through the best scenery since the Pyrénées. I found the campsite I'd chosen easily enough and what a campsite it is! It's nestled in a gorge right by a river. I've been for a paddle in it, but it was freezing!

The campsite has a nice food area outside which is where I am now. I had calamari for starter and a burger with a local blue cheese for my main course, which left me stuffed, so I was just going to have a coffee after that, but then I saw all the ice creams, so had a Dame blanche 😊

I've plotted a route to Geneva which will take a couple of days or so - there are a couple of tasty looking climbs in there, but nothing too serious. So an early night for me ready to hit it tomorrow morning.


Bike on bridge
Bridge again!
More hydro
Turning off La Via Rhôna and onto Vèloroute Voie Vert Vallée de l'Isère
Hydro on l'Isère
More l'Isère
More hills!
Narrow streets of St. Naziere en Royans
In the hills again
50 metres from my tent!
Dame blanche!

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  Rob on 26/06/2018

The bike is holding up just fine. My legs are too, sort of 😋

  mikej on 25/06/2018

Spectacular scenery. Over 1000 miles done! Went to London today; train home delayed by "heat related speed restrictions"!

  Kirst on 25/06/2018

Andy Murray beat Wawrinka in the first round at Eastbourne today, 6-1, 6-4 I think. I have 2 weeks with Ralph coming up! How are your legs?

  simonparrott on 25/06/2018

Nice work mate, there's certainly some beautiful scenery down there! How is the bike holding up?