Etappe 10: Von Charmes-sur-Rhône nach Saint-Remèze – Auf dem Weg Richtung Sonne
Bike Touring Highlight
Tobias planned a bike ride.
April 13, 2021
I could write now that today is all about the Rhône. But he doesn't - or at least only partially. Because today it's up to the mountains, to the high plateau of the Ardèche, the Cevennes almost in sight, to the south of France, a little closer to the sun. From here the landscape, the vegetation, the attitude to life changes. The sections of the route become more impressive, the days longer and the evenings longer. Welcome to my favorite corner of France!While you still think of the Rhône as your constant companion on the first 57 (!) Kilometers, a mountain that has it all awaits you shortly afterwards. On the banks of the Rhône you drive on dams, over bridges, past power stations as well as orchards, which entice you to have a small snack. If you don't want to upset a farmer, just keep an eye out for a few overgrown peach or apricot trees - every now and then a few pop up along the way. You can recognize them mainly by the uncut meadow around them. Or just stop at a fruit stand and support the local industry - the prices are more than rational.A little north of Vivier you finally cross the river L'Escoutay. Up to the first pass it is a good 300 meters up the mountain - not an easy undertaking, but accompanied by fantastic views over the Rhône Valley and one or two refreshments. Up on the mountain there would be the opportunity to bypass the next depression on a couple of cross-country paths, but these are only recommended if you are on a mountain bike - otherwise pushing is the order of the day.During the lavender harvest in summer, every now and then a bewitching scent wafts around the high plateau near the Ardèche river in the next valley. If you should hear something like this, you are welcome to follow your nose - it's worth it. As soon as the wind turns, you'll somehow find your way back to the tour.In Saint-Remèze you finally reach your destination for the day. The Camping du Bourboulet is my clear recommendation if you do not attach too much importance to the comfort of a standard 3-star campsite with many tourists. In addition to a family atmosphere, free choice of seats, a really cute sanitary facility and a pool, you will even find a spacious common room with electricity and refrigerators for free use - perfect if you are only traveling with a tent and in this sense at least 5 stars worth the price of 2.
April 21, 2021