Sunday, 27 April 2014


I hope the French are proud of the Viaduc de Millau. It is an outstanding achievement. Not only must the construction have tested the builders to their limits but the design sits within the Tarn Gorge as a monument to the designer's creativity. Dagmar and I cycled under it today and to say we were impressed is an understatement. Here is our view as it first came into sight.

The weather has not lived up to early expectations as apart from the first day, it has varied a lot. This morning was cold and overcast while this afternoon it rained. It did not spoil the enjoyment of the trip. We cycled down the Dourbie to Millau then continued beside the Tarn to La Caze just north of Broquies, a distance of 55 miles. Ochre colour cliffs looked down over the Dourbie and occasionally there were precipitous stacks, isolated high rock features much loved by climbers who relish their vertical faces..

Millau was the largest town we have passed through so far. The centre is exemplified by a fountain surrounded by flowers. The Tarn seemed gentle by comparison to previous countryside but we found some hills where our legs said this was just a myth. All this countryside is of a grand scale and we enjoyed savouring every last moment. Accommodation at this time of year is often closed which surprised me but then there is hardly anybody about. We found a comfortable gite at La Caze where the English hosts made us most welcome. These are a few pictures from today.

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