Bikepacking France North to South Day 15: a day in the Cévennes

Bikepacking France North to South Day 15: a day in the Cévennes

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Salut and bonjour everyone, I'm going to do what  is probably going to be my last ride in France   for quite a while. I am in the Cévennes region where I arrived last night. I'm now near Saint-Ambroix where   I spent quite a few summer holidays in the  80s so I thought it would be a fitting end   to, well to to end here for now as I started  off in the region the Champagne where I had quite   a few happy memories in my childhood in the 70s  so now I'm going to do a little tour here   and see if i can recognize some of the buildings  that i've stayed at at the time and it's a   beautiful region and anyway so that's that's going  to be nice. It's going to be a rather short ride 65   70km with quite a few altitude meters about 1500 to  2000 I reckon so that's still a bit of work but   but we'll see how it goes. I'm I would be  surprised if some of the villages are still   sort of lively because they were dwindling at the  time already but we'll see we'll see how it is   so I hope you enjoyed the series although the  bike packing end of it ended a few days before I   wanted to, but I think all in all it was a  super nice biking holiday, for me at least   so in case you're interested stay  tuned and I'll talk to you soon bye well obviously things change and   this what I'm about to show you  used to be a very nice a lively cafe   with jeu de boules courses most nights super,  super times to be had here but alas, no more oh I did misplace quite a few boules down there.  Well we're talking about early 80s mid 80s so  

all right next stop ah there we go, this used to be part of our summer  holiday home that was owned by French friends   of ours. It's called the Mas de quattre Bras I  think it's because there's four sort of separate livings in in this building  and I'm calling it Mas de quattre Bras but   it could also be Mas. I feel like in the in  the north you're more likely to have a silent s   at the end of um a word or a town but here  in the south they usually pronounce the as   it's like with the wines Gigondas, Vacqueyras and  city Aubenas, not too far away from here but there's   others and I reckon if you ask any given  french person 50% will say this and the other 50   will say something else but and another 50 will  tell you something else again but um yeah so this  was it and i do remember that there used to be a  separate toilet in the garden down there which was   always a bit adventurous at night because it would  be absolutely littered with spiders and scorpions   and that was not really what I was aiming for  when I went to the loo but yeah that's what you   get in the south of France and also another  thing is, back down the road where the cafe is   I haven't seen it since but in the 80s quite  often people would catch a snake and then   push it down on the street for cars to run over  it you can call that a quote-unquote sports if   you like but that's one of the other things  that seems to jog my memory right now so yeah wow good memories here but a lot of work to be done here so up  to the next place and see you later wow a swimmingpool my god wow that's funny now this is the funniest thing  there's only Dutch people here   so a few dutch people must have bought it I might actually go ahead and check it yeah I did not expect to find anyone living here I think I passed by some 10 years ago come in and have a look my husband is have a shave right now he'll probably have a heart attack then he's got to go and take his French lessons right now well that was the funniest  thing really, I just spoke to   one of the owners of this Mas de quattre Bras and  they're all Dutch and she's retired and the   her husband is actually also retired but he's a gp and  he's actually trying to get some work here that   I think It would be super welcome for this  region they probably are very short on gps um   kind of cool it's nice to see that this  building actually is still in development and   people are keen on living here so yeah I think that's very positive so on we go on y va !   col de Trelis Bessèges is of course best known  for the etoile de Bessèges, star of Bessèges a roadrace tour, usually I think mid  february so that's around this area well this really pains me this used to be a  very lively street full of shops. We used to   buy a baguette and then  what not, sometimes even buy   a Dutch newspaper because hey the 80s were well  be before the internet but it's all dead now pity well at least the mini golf sort of prevailed. I'm not sure if it's actually in use but so this was here the early 80s as well   this is a campsite but it's so depressing to  see what used to be a very lively uh sort   of main street in Bessèges to be so, well depleted  of life really, but well what can you do? We move on so next moment in memory lane for me. This is  a place where we used to go and swim quite often

and that used to be a place where  you get some drinks and snacks this   looks like it's in private hands now so yeah this is the Cèze. Back in the day was  pretty much the same I think was nice and quiet   quiet in the sense of the water flowing, was  not too wild so perfectly safe for the children   kind of cool here to be back ( edit: bridge was not there then ) oh it's only been what, 35 years up to the next point, Allons y so this was also the place where somewhere  in the 80s i'll have to look it up the tour  the France came by and that was quite the happening of course with all the gifts that were thrown  to you from the cars but I do remember I  think, if I'm correct that it was a Belgian   leading the way. Of course this is not a  mountain stage in tour de France words   but they certainly are to me so I'm going up  now to Tarabias. Should be some 3 to 400 meters climbing yeah so let's do it see you later that's Tarabias another  super tiny village where I spent   a few holidays ah there's really not much to see  there but we'll check it out anyways, free service so this is it downtown Tarabias  The east west north and south as well This is it, our former holiday home 19% , 18, 17 ow 22, of course, why not? There's a nice castle up there Bienvenue en Cévennes so I suppose all good things must come to an end  so I officially declare this tour over after three weeks of cycling in France well I had quite a few adventures, I hope I'm able to   edit it into some viewable videos but we'll see  about that. Yeah obviously I'm very sorry   that I couldn't finish off my bike packing trip  the way I planned it but I guess that's the way with these kinds of trips there's always some  unforeseen things happening and the absolute   adverse weather conditions I could not avoid  I actually i'm now in the Gard    Departement Gard where 200 milliliters of water fell in one  day and I was supposed to cycle through   I believe 200 equals to one-fifth of the annual rainfall in  the Netherlands so yeah that was not happening So instead I opted for some day  trips here and there in the country and those   were quite brilliant as well so maybe next  year I'll try to finish off this tour because it   kind of feels like I have to. . well I don't have to  anything, but I kind of like to but for now i'm off   so that's it, au revoir, thanks for watching enjoy your rides and stay safe again and I'll see you soon ciao

2021-12-10 14:20

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