Etappe 14: Von Ganges zum Lac du Salagou – Auf dem Weg Richtung Sonne
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Tobias planned a bike ride.
April 13, 2021
Of course, if you are already on a practical river, it would be a good idea to simply drive along it until it finally ends in the Mediterranean Sea. The route on the Hérault is anything but unspectacular and finds its climax with the Pont de Diable in the nice village of Sain-Jean-de-Fos. Now that I've ridden both variants several times, I can promise you that today's tour will make your jaw drop - and not just once.From Ganges you drive a little upstream and go to the river “Vis”, which you follow upstream into a narrow valley. It only takes six kilometers and the river invites you to swim at the "Cascade de La Vis". The waterfall is partly artificially created, but that doesn't detract from its charm. On the contrary - the bathing area with its flat rocks and the waterfall in the background seems almost a bit paradisiacal. If you don't jump in the water here, you will regret it later.Later means about 15 kilometers when the route branches off from the Vis valley and leads to the high plateau near the Cirque de Navacelles. It will be exhausting, yes. Sweaty too. Absolutely breathtaking: in two senses! The view you have from above - and already during the ascent - down into the valley is amazing and doesn't just reward you once for your efforts. Up in the small town of Saint-Maurice-Navacelles, a small street snack bar is also waiting to provide you with everything you need after such an epic climb.On the high plateau, the terrain is now really flat, which is why it was probably not considered necessary to build any curves in the road. Absolutely straight ahead it leads to the southwest and on the horizon the landscape begins to mix with it in the shimmering hot air - photo stop! It's like here in Australia!You will even feel “like in Australia” all over again, but first a refreshing descent to Lodève will reward you for your efforts. In the small town it may be worth stopping supplies - there are no grocery stores at all until you reach your destination at the lake or the lake.When you finally turn around the last hill shortly before the village of Celles, the view of the Lac du Salagou opens up to you. The lake is embedded in the middle of red earth, vineyards and round hills - yes, you are really still in France, even if it is hard to believe in this corner. Take your time and explore the lake and its bays. You are in a true natural paradise. That is why wild camping on the shore is unfortunately not as popular here as it was a few years ago. At that time it was tolerated, today you risk hefty punishments.As an alternative to the secluded bay with a hammock, there is the “Les Vailhès” campsite at the northern tip of the lake. If you want it to be relaxed, you should pitch your tent there.
April 27, 2021