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Day17 Soulac sur Mer to Biganos – Livingday 25,266

What a cycle track should look like
What a cycle track should look like

With a late breakfast I didn’t hit the road until just after 9am but it was a totally gorgeous day without a cloud in the sky all day 🙂

Amazing to find real dedicated bike tracks for 90% of the day on the La Vélodyssée. It’s lovely & smooth well marked and totally perfect. It’s so cool not to have to worry about vehicles behind you.

Such a pity that we sold of all our disused railway tracks, government policy of the day to prevent any likelihood of railways making a comeback, they make such perfect cycling ways.

A French cycling cafe
A French cycling cafe

The only bugbear of the day was the headwind, all day from the south – the direction I’m going. Plus the lack of cafes since it was mainly through woodland. After the one litre water stop at Aldi in Montalivet Les Bains there was nothing for the next 36 miles to the very upmarket restaurant La Bicyclette Jaune in Lacanau 🙁 I slurped a one litre bottle of water in a few minutes followed by a totally delicious fresh fruit salad and ice cream.

The next stop was an Intermarche in La Vignas where a one litre bottle of some jogurt was summarily despatched.

Since I was making such good time I decided to progress further and booked The Hotel Delta in Biganos. Probably the best hotel yet on this trip – the shower was really strong 🙂 For dinner I pottered down to Malhibou Ananas restaurant which amazingly is run by an English lady!

The success story of the day was using the app reall simple will suck in a gpx file and let you follow the route with the direction of travel in the up mode. It shows cycle paths etc and even with no signal you can still follow the route.
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The Strava for the 77 miles covered and 597 feet of ascent is here

The pictures are on Dropbox here

The heart data from my Blaze is:-

Fitbit Blaze Heart Rate data
Fitbit Blaze Heart Rate data


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Reader Comments

  1. There are ex railway lines in the UK which have been converted into ‘leisure use’ routes. Without putting any great thought into it, I can think of at least half a dozen that I’ve used (albeit for walking in my case) over the last few years (and as I type, even more are springing into my mind). Admittedly, some of them are pretty short sections, but others are a descent distance.

    1. Yep I’ve been on a few in the UK but can’t honestly say I’ve cycled all day on one 🙁 plus here they tend to put in links through woods etc. Although having come a cropper on one today I think the design is fobbed of onto trainee’s 🙁 I mean who can make a right angle turn on a bike.

  2. Incidentally, I seem to be catching up backwards on your blog (first time I’ve had both electricity and decent internet for a few weeks) and I’ve no idea where you are. Perhaps I should skip back to the beginning of this journey and read it in a more sensible order!

    1. Interestingly I was thinking of you two today and an early version of myself fighting through the rain in the Pyrenees foothills 🙁 tomorrow I cross them hopefully ending in Pamplona. Maybe the sun will shine and I can view the GR10 🙂

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