Arrondissement de Castellane

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  • Day34

    Day 34 - Castellane

    May 19, 2016 in France

    Swapped the road for the river today with a 'rest day' white water rafting along the Verdon River and through the canyon.

    Great to see the canyon from the ground up and great to get a different adrenaline rush off the bike. The Verdon is not the biggest of rapids but does have its moments and Karl our guide gave us a great day adding in some mini canyoning as well as covering nearly 25km along the river.

    Chilled evening tonight in Castellane under the rock then long ride to the coast tomorrow.
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  • Day33

    Wow what a day! If you have not been here you have to add Gorge du Verdon to your list. Only 55 miles from Nice and it is one of the most stunning places I have ever been and to ride it on the trusty Condor made it even more special. MJ big thanks for the recommendation!

    Unless you have been here the scale does not come across in the photos. It's called the Gran Canyon of Europe and for a good reason. The ride as a result was not easy with over 500 meters of climbing in the first 6km out off Aiguines alone. With sections over 10% and with fully loaded panniers it certainly gets the blood pumping.

    From here it is one stunning view point after another as the road follows the gorge/canyon about half way up. About half way the south side that I rode dives in land then picks the caynon back up at river level giving stunning views looking up. You eventually reach Castellane which is dominated by a huge rock with a chapel at the top.

    A real thought provoking day and a ride I won't forget in a hurry. After a few incredible days on the bike it's a day off tomorrow. So what better way to spend it than go white water rafting through the canyon I've just riden along.
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  • Day17

    High plains drifter

    June 5, 2017 in France

    Early start in order to tackle the hilliest stage so far. 1300 metres of ascent with no access to water along the Gorge du Verdon. Looking up at the road twisting above me and the gorge made me feel ill!

    Passed an English cyclist on the same route who said he never wanted to cycle another gorge - however he still had a long way to go.

    Camping in Castellane - hit lucky in choice of site.
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  • Day33

    Can't seem to leave Castellane

    September 29, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Using our new found feet driven transport technique we set ourselves off for a well planned and prepared footspedition. Several "steps" we discover the land is now private. So a random amble in the other direction sees us passing through small mountain communities and discovering that when golden retrievers are triple their usual size and left alone with sheep they are not always friendly. Next the steppometer took us to a strange monastery of the Union of all religions - including "cosmic jesus" with a Ray gun shooting fire a few meters from vishnu who was a few meters away from Buddha - seemed like our kinda cult but unfortunately their gates opened at precisely 3.30 and 4.15 and our treadmakers weren't updated to time travel so on we went, and finally reached the end of the gravel motorway at quite possibly the greatest view mother nature has to offer- will confirm this in due course. All in all don't hike in a heat wave in the south of France at midday.Read more

  • Day24

    Gorges du Verdon

    May 22, 2018 in France

    Unsere, wie wir jetzt wissen, letzte Station in Frankreich hieß „Gorges du Verdon“. Wir hatten uns trotz des angekündigten, schlechten Wetters entschieden, die Schluchten im Osten der Provence mitzunehmen.

    Der ausgesuchte Campingplatz liegt prima und unser Platz bat einen wundervollen Blick auf die Verdon und ab und an auch auf vorbeizuckelnde Rafter. Leider kam der Regen exakt als das Vorzelt aufgebaut war in blieb auch so gut wie durchgängig, bis es zwei Nächte später wieder abgebaut wurde. Ergebnis: viel Kalt, viel Matsch und ein Bisschen der Regen-Blues.

    Den vollen Tag haben wir genutzt, um die etwa 80km Lange Route durch die Gorges abzufahren. Trotz Regen (manchmal auch gerade deswegen) war das stellenweise echt beeindruckend. Die Fahrt durch die Berge macht auch Laune, leider aber nur für den Fahrer. Beifahrer im Heck meldeten recht zügig Übelkeit...

    Mit Blick auf die Wetterkarte haben wir schlussendlich entschieden, Frankreich zu verlassen und gen Italien zu gondeln. Die Idee, Cannes und Monaco noch anzugucken haben wir wieder verworfen.
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  • Day30

    Free parking by lac de castellion

    September 26, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Hike up an earth growth of some variety. Drive to a village, swim in a massive puddle.

  • Day32


    September 28, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Used our feet in a alternating fashion to get up to a 12th century jesus club on a big opposite of a hole.

  • Day36

    Rougon vultures

    October 2, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Vultures, all of them. Big rock to sit on and get drunk before lunch. Nice stuff.

  • Day14

    jour 3 : Ste croix

    May 31, 2016 in France

    Super journee !! on a enfin vu le soleil.... malgres un départ sous pluie via la route Napoleon , le reste de la journee c est quasiment faite sous le soleil avec alternance de nuage. Les routes sont plus facile qur ma veille on peu donc "envoyer un peu". Repas a Gap puis on reprend la route Napoleon et quelques routes parallèles avec un petit arret dans un super refuge (hotel) qui a ouvert expret pour nous.
    Une belle journée , avec un repas au gite le soir et une balade de nuit.
    Demain... les Georges du Verdon
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