Semaine Fédérale 2018

Friday 3rd August, just a short drive to get to Epinal for this years event and after registering we were given our plot number and directed to the camp site on the Airfield at Dogneville. It was massive with space for 6000 caravans, campervans and tents and a mile from end to end, unfortunately we…

France en Velo Diary Week 2

Thursday 26th July, 22°c at 7am and after a slow start we drove to our next destination at Chatilion-sur-Loire, a motorhome aire in the marina on the banks of the canal N47.59177° E2.75959° , €8 for 24hrs with EHU, water and services, payment with credit card at a machine that was too hot to touch…

France en Velo, Diary Week 1

Semaine Fédérale is a cycling festival we have entered, this year to be held in the city of Epinal in The Voges in early August so that gave us an opportunity to get to France two weeks early and explore some of the lanes and towns of the Loire valley. Thursday 19th July saw us…

A Ride Around Mont Ventoux

Bedoin is one of my favourite villages in Provence and as well as numerous trips up Ventoux I have enjoyed a lot of cycling in the local area but one ride I hadn’t completed was a circumnavigation of the great mountain so with local information and maps a course was set to follow “Le Tour…

Semaine Fédérale

The main reason for our trip to France was to take part in Semaine Federale, a national cycling event which this year was being held in Mortagne-au-Peche so on the Friday we made our way to our designated camp site. Registration was from 14-00 and we thought we would get there early to get set…

Meung-sur-Loire, Beaugency and Lailly-en-Val

Still with time to spare before the start of Semaine Federale we decided to explore some more towns villages to the South. Sunday had finished wet and following a night of torrential rain I felt for the touring cyclists packing up their tents. We took the short drive to Meung-sur-Loire and parked up at the…

Châteaudun

After Fougeres we were trying to decide where to visit next, I typed in Chateaudun which my Mac auto corrected to “chase the sun” so that was an omen and the decision made for us. Friday 21st July Arriving at Chateaudun and we soon found the municipal campsite next to the river Loir, ( N48.08070,…