Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

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  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We started the tour of Lyon with the Roman ruins of Lyon-Fourviere



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    For the start of day two of our Franck’s tour we took in some panoramic views of the country.




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    We visited the medieval walled city of Perouges situated 30 km north of Lyon. This place is like a living museum.



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    The next stop was to visit the pilgrimage church at Ars. This is the home of Saint John Vianney the “universal patron saint for all the parish priests” of the Catholic faith. People came from around the world as early as 1827 and he was seeing 20,000 pilgrims a year in 1855 and working 16-18 hours a day hearing confessions.






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    The weather has not improved much as we headed south from Lyon it got worse and worse. We plotted a course to Gordes southeast of Avignon using the secondary roads. We did not stop at Vienne as planned since seeing Roman ruins in the pouring rain is no fun.


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    We followed the Rhone River down until Tournon-sur-Rhone where we rode east to Pont-en-Royans and into the National Park Vercours. At the turn off we spotted Valrhona, which is like the Mecca of Chocolate and is the French company where our friend Antonio (Marbella/Madrid) works.



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    On the way we stopped at the Serran de l’Ane geologic site. It is one of only a very few places on earth that you can clearly see the transition between two geologic stages the Valanginian and the Hauterivian.




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    We had a nice ride thru the Gorges de St May. The rain did slow a bit late in the afternoon, but it had slowed us down enough that we called it a day at Carpentras. On the way we stopped at a Mc D to use the wifi and found a good place to stay. Just after we arrived it really started to pour again and the thunder and lightening was epic.


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    The forecast for the morning was sunny, which was hard to believe, but totally correct. The plan had been to head to Toulouse, but we found out that Fernandita the daughter of our dear friends Mario and Fernanda in El Salvador was in Barcelona for a week. So “road trip”! We were pretty happy about the change in the weather since we had planned a pretty long 400 Km day thru the National Parks of des Cevennes and Haut-Languedoc and on to Narbonne.



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    We made a swing thru Avignon to view the Palais de Papes, but since we will be back here next summer we did not stop long.


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    It was just over 100 km to get to Ales, which is where the route today gets good. You could spend days making loops here thru the hills and forest on the tiny twisty roads. We planned just one track from Ales to Florac along the Corniche des Cevennes. Over a section this is a very narrow track of switchbacks to the town of Saint-Roman-De-Tousque. From here the road widens and looks a lot like the Blue Ridge Parkway.


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    From Flornac we rode over another mountain pass, but we could make some miles, as the hills were more rolling. By 4 pm we made it Milau for a view of the famous Viaduct. South from here we again routed on the small roads thru Lacaune ad the park to Narbonne. The roads here are sweeping curves and again in almost no traffic we could make some speed. Arriving here we opted for the Ibis Budget, which is in a word Budget…but better than the slightly cheaper F1 which is full of truckers with whom I don’t care to share a bath.




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    From Narbonne we set out south and stayed off the toll roads. We only had 300 km to go and most of the road was secondary highway.



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    Arriving at the Spanish border we found the usual outlet malls and cross border shoppers, but here there were numbers of gaudily dressed prostitutes standing at the rest stops and round abouts waiting for the truckers I would guess. Border towns are sketchy everywhere but this was one of the worst we have seen in a while.



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