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Gorges: Gorges du Verdon, Gorges du Nesque, Col de Tempêtes and Mont Ventoux.
Distance: 320km.

Gorges du Verdon

Day 6 finds me starting my day in Saint-André-Les-Alpes at the head of Lac de Castillon, fed by Le Verdon River which over the millennia has gouged out Europe’s version of the Grand Canyon. (more…)

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Some of these passes I covered last year in which case I’m not going into too much detail blabbing on about them. For the 2011 trip I filmed the roads with a Drift HD170 Action Camera, I hope the videos attached to this blog will help you see for yourself what to expect better than what I can describe. For more info on the area’s covered, hotels, B&B’s, campsites etc you can check back to the 2010 trip report. (more…)

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My latest post “Carcassonne to Andorra via 11 Passes/Cols” is now available on RoadTrooper.com

RoadTrooper.com is my new site with greater functionality and integration with Google Maps and Google Earth. Use the Google Map Street View to see road conditions along the route, just drag the “orange man icon” on the integrated map at the top of each post to the roads along the route to help plan your journeys. You may need to install Google Earth to avail of the function. It’s well worth the effort, I’ve found it an invaluable tool for deciding if the road condition suits my bike, riding style etc., and planning my tours. When in “Street View” use the mouse scroll wheel to travel along your chosen road in continuous high-res photos. If your have not yet used this tool it will blow your mind!

Google Earth Tutorials Here!

I have had a few problems with very unfriendly IP’s origionating from Eastern Europe and China using automatic bulk download programs to download routes, photos and contant for who know’s what reason which also effected bandwith and accessability. To stop this I’ve had no choice but to implement a small restriction to the new site www.RoadTrooper.com in that you will need to create a free account to log in if you want to download the routes. No information is required other then your email address which will NOT be used for any other reason, a password will be sent to the email address you supply which you will need to keep until I find a better way.

You will not recieve any unwanted email by doing this, the subscription service to recieve updates is seperate to this. Unfortunatly if you have already subscribed to this blog you will need to subscribe again to recieve updates for the new site, sorry for any inconvience but I could find no way around this.

Coming up in my next posts to the new site RoadTrooper will be a full description of La Grande Route des Cols Pyrenees which is an amazing 950km route through the highest passes along the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Med. Also Irelands west coast, more Alps and the Dolomites.

Hope ye all have a great summer touring and if you dont get around to it this year then do the next best thing and read about Europes best motorbike routes here and plan to get your ass out there next year!

Cheers
Den

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Route description – The Camargue Circuit runs from Arles to Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer through the Camargue National Park and back to Arles.

Distance – An easy 140km

The Camargue Circuit


This is an easy ride and if your staying in or around Arles it’s definetly worth booking this in as a day trip. Roads are good but in summer there is a lot of tourist traffic, cyclists, bird watchers and hippy naturalists out to save nature by growing dreadlocks and not washing.

Camargue - on the road

Still, the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue covers 820 km² that are some of the wildest and most protected lands in all of Europe and seems to have a sort of mini-culture seperate to Provence. Worth doing once.

D453 outside Arles


Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer is worth a stop, dating back to at least the 4th century AD it has some beautiful buildings, however the population jumps from 2,500 in winter to 50,000 in summer, so if you want to stay overnight then book well in advance.

Saint-Maries-de-la-Mer


Biker friendly hotels along The Camargue Circuit;

Hostellerie la Source – Arles
Hotel de la Muette – Arles
La Mas de la Roseraie – Arles

Downloadable GPS Routes for The Camargue Circuit are as follows;
CamargueCircuit.gdb
CamargueCircuit.gpx
CamargueCircuit.kml

Coming soonTouring the French and Spanish Pyrenees

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Route Description – Monestry, Castle, Open Country Road and Provencial Village Circuit. Starting outside Signes near Toulon this a great motorcycle route through the back country of Provence known mostly to the local bikers. Cant really recommend this route enough, it’s a really magic mix of smooth open country roads, typical old villages with a couple of really interesting stop off points if your into ancient castles and monestries. A welcome break from the coast with plenty of biker friendly places to eat and stay overnight.

Distance – 173km of easy riding

Monestries, Country Roads, Castles and Villages Route

I wish I had the time to do this route justice and describe it properly, but there is so much going on along this route it could easily take me a week to write about it all and I just dont have the time right now. All I can say now that it is well worth doing, great motorbike roads, little traffic or speed checks except near the villages. There are great views of vineyards, open countryside, basically the whole south of France package.

Every village along the route is worth a stop if you have the time, especially the Abbaye Le Thoronet, a former Cistercian abbey built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, now restored as a museum. It is one of the three Cistercian abbeys in Provence, along with the Sénanque Abbey and Silvacane, that together are known as “the Three Sisters of Provence” and is one of the first buildings in France to be classified an historical monument.

More info on Carcès
More info on Entrecasteaux
More info on Cotignac
More info on La Basilique de Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume (tomb of Mary Magdalene)

Abbaye Le Thoronet

Basilique de Saint Maximin la Sainte Baume

Plenty of open road between villages....

Biker friendly campsites along this route of the route;

Camping 06 – Alpes-Maritimes

Downloadable GPS Routes for this route are as follows;

Monestries_Castles_Villages_Route.gdb
Monestries_Castles_Villages_Route.gpx
Monestries_Castles_Villages_Route.kml

Coming soonTouring the French and Spanish Pyrenees

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