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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusMC View Post
    For anyone interested...

    We flipped the direction of our trip, ultimately traveling home northwards through France from Pyrenees to Cherbourg via west coast.

    For me, the 2-day ride through France almost ruined the trip. The straight boring roads were depressingly monotonous and ubiquitous.

    We did put more effort into creating/finding/using great roads in Spain & Portugal, but I found it very difficult to find good roads from SW France up to Cherbourg.

    West coast of France will be avoided in future trips.
    Whilst it’s certainly true that there is no guarantee that there are always ‘great roads, mate’ between A and B, let’s see what we can do to help you. You had two days to travel what was near enough the length of France. If you tell us the specific roads you took, bods will know which to avoid, whilst others might be able to suggest alternatives.

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    Will do.

    Perhaps if we'd done the trip in the direction originally planned we'd have done the France slog first and then been impressed with Pyrenees/Picos/Portugal/southern Spain.

    Bin, no dramas or tragedies - just dull riding, particularly after the fantastic roads we'd been on for the preceding 2 weeks.

    Perhaps the looming end-of-the-trip was causing a depression or negative vibe which may have affected us, and the French section was simply not great, rather than crap.

    Basically the whole section from where the westward part on the northern side of the Pyrenees turns north - 90% dull. Maybe we were just unlucky.

    We had created a route that was a mix of our own, RiDE routes, and TET. But we had to amend things at short notice (and on-the-fly) cos matey boy hurt his back just before the trip. And we got "lost" a fair bit, but often found spectacular roads in the process...


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    So The West Coast Is Crap; What Alternative For Roscoff - Pamplona?

    On your shortened holiday route, if you’d gone roughly: Auch, Bergerac, Limoges, Tours it might well have been better.

    From the longer holiday route you’d hoped to do (ending a the eastern end of the Pyrenees) we can see that you were determined to hit the western coast / western side of France, irrespective. If you’d have planned on roughly a diagonal line: Perpignan, Limoges, Tours and onwards to the ferry it might well have been interesting.

    Something broadly along the lines of this from Kurviger:



    ViaMichelin’s suggestion is pretty similar:



    Both of those websites are free and very useful to give you an idea of:

    i. The direction you need to take

    iI. The distances involved

    iii. Roads to maybe ride along, which can all be amended to suit your purposes

    Irrespective, it’s all down to:

    Where you start from, A

    Where you need to end up, B

    The distance A to B

    The maximum / minimum time available to ride A to B

    Any other plans you might have for things to see and do between A and B

    ——

    There is a very good Michelin map 726, useful for plotting journeys A to B across a very large country, France. It strips out all the fine detail, leaving just the main roads, nicer smaller roads, the sensible link roads and shows the Bis ‘Tourist routes’, all which will avoid the motorways. Get it.





    Are they always ‘Great roads, mate’? No. But eventually, if you want to go A to B, within time period X, you sometimes have to compromise. That’s life.

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    Wappings route is the way I go to the Pyrenees... via Swiss Normandie and Bergerac.... it’s a great ride

    Sadly the way you went missed some of the better roads....

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    There's some amazing prehistoric cave art to be seen in France, most of it well inland from Atlantic. Would make good destination to break up the journey if doing a long haul and of course if such things are of interest.

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    And don't forget Hennessy

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    Not followed this thread in detail, whatever, we try to go to a music festival in Albi every year in early July but even if you can’t make it then, Albi is a lovely town,really worth visiting.

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    September 2018 arriving Roscoff and stopping overnight in Rochefort en Terre (recommended by bods on here), then some place East of La Rochelle - we met a kind biker couple on the ferry who said stay with us, then Pau before heading over the Pyrenees to Zaragoza and beyond. Set your sat Nav to shortest route, not fastest time, no tolls(if it’s Nav V like mine) and you will have the time of your life.

    We just have

    We bought the Michelin grand itinerie map recommended by Wapping which helped. I beat the eta time every day due to the fact you can make progress on these back ‘ish’ roads without silly speeds.
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