Jeff and Francine from HWBT renting bikes from Wandeo

3-week-adventure from Bordeaux to Alpe-d’Huez on road bikes

Here is the itinerary that Francine and Jeff from Howie  from US (Howie Wowie Bicycle Tours) did last September during their 3-week-holiday in the South of France using Wandeo’bikes:
Jeff and Francine from HWBT renting bikes from Wandeo
Jeff and Francine wrote: “
Day 1: As you know, we started in Bordeaux and upon leaving Bordeaux we followed Velo Route 80 until reaching Meilhan sur Garonne via the Canal du Garonne.
105 km
 
Day 2: Meilhan sur Garonne to Damazon. We then headed west to the bastide villages of Vianne, Babaste, and Nerac then returning back to the Canal du Garonne and stopping for the night at Serignac sur Garonne.
97 km
 
Day 3: Serignac sur Garonne to Agen via the canal then mid-day we turned southeast leaving the canal  to reach the small village of  Puymirol.  From there we continued to ride east spending the night in a chambre d’hote just outside the town of Beauville.
80 km
 
Day 4:  Beauville – we continued north east reaching the Lot River at the village of Fumel for a late lunch and then finished the day’s ride in Puy l’Eveque staying at a hotel overlooking the river.
80 km
 
Day 5: From Puy l’Eveque we rode along the Lot River past Albas, Luzech and Cahors.  We stopped in Arcambal for a light lunch and pushed on past Saint Cirq Lapopie until reaching Cajarc late in the afternoon.
108 km 
 
Day 6: Leaving Cajarc, early in the morning, we rode along the Lot River and ended the day’s wet ride in the beautiful petite village of Conques.
100 km  
 
Day 7: From Conques we returned to the Lot River and followed the river past  Estaing, Espalion, Mandailles and arrived late that evening at Saint Geniez d’Olt.
90 km
 
Day 8:  Saint Geniez d’Olt we had a hard day’s ride to Bagnols-les-Bains…toughest ride of the trip for Jeff.
90 km
 
Day 9: Bagnols-les-Bains past the Lac du Villefort, Les Vans and then reaching Ruoms….almost all downhill riding. Spent two days here to rest up and to do laundry.
88 km
 
Day 10: Ruoms southeast through the beautiful Gorge de l’ Ardeche and then arriving in the Rhone River valley in Bourg Saint Andeol. We then continued riding north to Donzere to catch a train to Valance and transferred to a smaller train to the village of Romans-sur-Isere.  We met Andre on the train – a professor of computer studies at Valence.  He commutes to Valence from Romans-sur-Isere.  He invited us to dinner and to spend the night at their house with his wife Bernadette!  How nice!
83 km
 
 
Day 11: From Romans-sur-Isere we rode the bike path along the Isere River all the way into Grenoble…another beautiful day’s ride.
97 km 
 
Day 12: Spent the day exploring Grenoble, rented a car, and purchased a bike rack for our next day’s drive to Alp d’Huez…that evening went to a great Chinese restaurant for dinner! 
 
Day 13: Drove out to Le Bourg d’Oisans and rode up Alpe d’Huez late morning….very easy climb, returned and had a late lunch in Le Bourg and then drove to Annecy near the Swiss border and stayed on the east side of lake.
30 km 
 
Day 14: Early morning ride into Annecy,then rode completely around the lake….another beautiful ride on designated bike paths. Later that afternoon drove to Provence and stayed in the hilltown of Bonnieux.
40 km 
 
Day 15: Drove to Aix en Provence and rode around the town and later returned to our hotel in Bonnieux.
10 km
 
Day 16: A loop ride  from Bonnieux into the Luberon region to Saignon, Viens, Saint Saturin les Apt, Roussillon, Lacoste and back to Bonnieux.  Afternoon drive  to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse to spend the night.
97 km
 
Day 17: Drove to Mazan and then rode to the Gorge de Nesque and back to Mazan…another spectacular ride.  Returned that night to the town of Pernes-les-Fontaine and delivered the bikes and stayed at the Hotel L’Hermitage.
75 km
 
Day 18 – 20 : Drove to Villeneuve-lez-Avignon and spent the day and night; Took the train from Avignon to Charles de Gaulle airport; reluctantly flew home from Paris to San Diego!
 
GRAND FIN

Thank you for sharing your journey!