TET N to S and E to W

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PHILinFRANCE
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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:34 pm

The further south we got the better the trails were .........we were entering the Cathar region ,wide open high trails dropping down into wooded valleys

Image20180826_145055 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Image20180826_141304 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

The morning temps were great for riding but by 10am it was getting hot and high 30°...s mid-afternoon so every opportunity we stopped for a brew.........................;;and they are few and far between

Image20180826_150903 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

This old school had a nice cool terrance area out back

Image20180826_150941 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Riding on big open plateaus i was in my own zone and took no pics untill we came to an area scattered with stone sculptures

BIG ONES....................

Image20180826_160917 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr



We'd been riding for hours seeing very little in the way of civalisation , then Carcassone came into view , we only stopped for 20 mins , way to many tourists , but if you've never been its not to be missed

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Map of Carcassonne France
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Carcassonne
City in France
Carcassonne, a hilltop town in southern France’s Languedoc area, is famous for its medieval citadel, La Cité, with numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Château Comtal, a 12th-century castle within the Cité, offers archaeological exhibits and a tour of the inner ramparts.
Weather: 29°C, Wind W at 14 km/h, 22% Humidity
Population: 47,854 (2009)
Elevation: 81–250 m (266–820 ft); (avg. 111 m or 364 ft)
Local time: Sunday 4:19 PM
Department: Aude



Image20180826_170140 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Staying in the shade ......37°c

Image20180826_170206 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Leaving the city we were straight back on dirt .......well rock 8-)

Image20180826_175240 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

And after a tiny bit of disappointment of a tad to much road we are now 90% off

Image20180826_175248 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

I normally carry a note pad to jot down place names but forgot it this trip so can't say where we were most of the time , but this day ended with a wildcamp with running water

Image20180826_183033 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

As were set up camp a van turned up and pulled over to a concrete slab and wall , Steve asked if it was ok to camp and what he was doing ,he said "yes no worries and he was filling his water tank for his animals"......so Steve took a shower :lol:

Image20180826_184322(0) by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Image20180826_192525 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

The camp was just down from this lake

Image20180826_185803 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Simples............

Image20180826_192102 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

So endeth day 2 8-)

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by daveuprite » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:15 pm

Nice pics Phil.

For anyone going to Carcassonne - it is really well worth the trip. The castle and the superb walled town are great. But avoid all national holidays and school holidays, and go round the citadel in the early evening when the coaches have left. We've been there and virtually had the whole place to ourselves. If you pick your time carefully. And it has possibly the best chocolate shop in all christendom... :D

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by diggermanbob » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:36 pm

Great stuff Phil , for your records the sculptures were at Caunes-Minervois , and the hose pipe shower was at Pradelles-en-Val ,keep it coming 👍

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:50 pm

Cheers Bob

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by SteveW » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:16 am

Great stuff chaps.
What a trip!

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by aliwakeskate » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:57 am

Looks a cracking trip chaps. Great pics!

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by diggermanbob » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:34 am

Thought I better put his one in , Phil had a bee go down his shirt , never seen anyone get undressed so quickly !!!
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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by Redmurty » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:36 am

he never usually needs an excuse to rip his kit off ...... :shock:

cheers Spud ;)
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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:13 pm

Day 3 woke early with dawn .................... don't know when she crawled in besides me :lol:

Decamped and headed down the road to the 1st town on route for a brew , as it turned out the camp by the lake was near here

Image20180827_082407 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Typical small French town in the middle of nowhere, nice

Image20180827_082333 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Leaveing town it didn't take long to get back on dirt

Image20180827_084014 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Long easy trails in the early morning sun

Image20180827_084002 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Well impressed with the 400 running a 14/52 its eating trails and happy at 80km/h on the road and giving me over 20km/l

Image20180827_084027 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Dropped of the trails into .......a town........ ;) i need ya Bob .......where were we :lol: ......i do remember it had bars ,cafe and shops :roll:

Image20180827_085929 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

Also remember loosing the track after there, at time the trail runs very close to a road and is very hard to tell the right way untill you've done a klick or 2 , anyhow we back tracked , not for the first time and got on the right route to top out here

Image20180827_091719 by Philip Parkinson, on Flickr

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Re: TET N to S and E to W

Post by Nico-D » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:33 pm

Nice one Phil, keep it coming.

That town with the bridge photo looks like Lagrasse I think.

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