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Canal du Midi – Day One

August 13, 2014

At the end of the last blog I left you all in Saissac.  The fact that we I mentioned we had a car came after a sojourn by Connie and I cycling the Canal du Midi and Sue rushing off to enjoy the decadence of Berlin.

Connie and I rushed off to join our friends Dave and Leslie on bicycles rented from Relax Bike Rentals in Beziers.  The bike rental agency provided us with great bikes for the Canal du Midi path.  They were equipped with bike bags for the rear racks and front handlebar bags.  They were delivered to Carcassonne where we were awaiting the start of the next leg of the Tour de France.

Tour de France - Carcassonne

Tour de France – Carcassonne

No, we were not renting the bikes to join the Tour de France but rather to do the Tour de Canal du Midi. We just happened to be in Carcassonne the day the Tour de France was in town and in the morning cycled right outside the apartment Dave and Leslie rented as they were heading out-of-town and down to the Pyrenees.

The next day we headed out of Carcassonne at a slightly slower pace than the Tour de France and in the opposite direction choosing the Canal du Midi instead of the uphill contours of the Pyrenees.

Cycle tour 2014 - the beginning. Beside the Canal du Midi about to head off

Cycle tour 2014 – the beginning. Beside the Canal du Midi in Carcassonne about to head off on day 1

The first day of our trip we were trying to take it a little easy. New saddles to try to get used to and stretching of those muscles to get the right rhythm for cycling. We didn’t carry anything to record the kilometres cycled but believe the first day we managed to cover about 40km.  Certainly no marathon.

Day 1 - Carcassonne to Marseillette

Day 1 – Carcassonne to Marseillette

According to the Google map above it should have taken us 1 hour and 6 minutes.  However, that’s if we had followed the main road rather than the blue squiggly line that shows the Canal du Midi.  What it also doesn’t show are all the sites along the canal such as the Caves, the locks themselves, the small bistros and the fields of sunflowers. We actually took about 6.5 hours to cover the distance and ended up at a wonderful farmhouse out in the middle of a vineyard.

Gites St. Marie

Gites Sainte Marie





6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2014 05:47

    Wow La France what can I say……c’est magnifique! Elzbie

  2. August 13, 2014 06:17

    Tony! Awesome Tour de France photo! Maintenant, Depeche toi! Fred

  3. Louise permalink
    August 13, 2014 17:17

    I’m disappointed you didn’t join the Tour de France but your tour does look more enjoyable.

  4. August 13, 2014 18:00

    Loving your blogs still.

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