Day 1: Auckland to Lyon
And we’re off!! Next stop Lyon….
Day 2: Lyon
Here we are in lovely Lyon… such a beautiful city..
Day 3: Clermont Ferrand to Salzuit
Today we picked up our bikes in Clermont and made our way to Salzuit…
Day 4: Salzuit to Le Puy-en-Velay
Another glorious day to carry on our E-Bike adventure….
Day 5: Le Puy-en-Velay
A day in Le Puy-en-Velay
Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe Chapel…. 268 steps up!.. whew … but totally worth the effort to see this beautiful wee chapel & the old city from above.
Happy Kiwis in front of Cathedral Notre Dame du Puy – a World Heritage site.
The old city in Le Puy
Day 5: Le Puy to Mergeride..
Our biggest day yet! 90kms & we all flew through it on our fabulous, double batteried Reece & Muller e-bikes
… it seems like around every other corner in the road is another amazing vista!
… coffee stop at one more of the endless gorgeous villages we cycle through.
The ‘beast’ of Mergeride (Ware-wolf) + some Camino Santiago pilgrims & a bunch of happy Kiwi cyclists
The most magnificent picnic in the most beautiful spot! Bon appétit!
Day 6: Peyre en Aubrac to Laguiole…..
Peyre en Aubrac to Laguiole… 55 super quick kms in the rain!… Thank goodness for hot showers in nice hotels!
Hot chocolate warm up stop!
A misty, moody morning high on the plateau
Beautiful France around every corner!
Happy cyclists sheltering from the downpour
Day 7: Laguiole to Vieillevie
The most beautiful day!!… so far– Laguiole to Vieillevie
… just stopping to yarn to the local French cow farmers.. as you do with this group!
The wild flowers are blooming all along our way
More water in our vista today
Picnic lunch today was under this Chateau
Our merry crew!!
View from my window tonight
Happy Day .… Happy Tour Leader … + beautiful Chateau!
Right outside our hotel in Vieillevie
Day 7: Figeac.
An eventful day on the way to Figeac.
Beautiful Beautiful Conques!
Abby church of Saint Foy… not a bad front door!!
Day 8: Figeac to Rocamadour
Figeac to Rocamadour
Beautiful village vistas at every turn!
Ancient farm buildings
A bit of farm shepherding along our way
One of our pilgrims climbing the 216 steps to the church & seven sanctuaries
Layer upon layer of ancient history!
Day 9: Rocamadour to Aurillac
Our 2nd to last day has come too quickly!
Finally amongst the lavender fields
… the smell was beautiful!
… another corner… another amazing Chateau!
Farm yards in bloom
… living literally on the street corner! A tiny triangular home!
Our farming crew have been loving watching the hay making. I think we saw more tractors in town than cars at lunchtime! … & such heavy crops!
Day 10: Aurillac – Clermont-Ferrand
Our last day of our E-biking Southern France Tour
Beautiful coffee stop
Made it up to the crater rim!! Woohoo!
Sisters on tour!!
Last night dinner before we all disperse … new friendships & memories forever!
Vive La France!!