Re: Travelling through France
Posted by Alan C. on October 19, 2019, 8:38 pm, in reply to "Something different."
First let me say we had a car problem near Orleans which meant that our Crossing was delayed from Sunday to last Thursday. Regretfully this prevented us from visiting Michael Lynch as planned on the Sunday. |
One thing that was very noticeable on Wednesday was the lack of traffic after Rouen towards and near Calais. I have read that this area is a bit depressed economy wise.
We mostly travel south via Rouen, Orleans, Nevers, St. Etienne, to south of Lyon, then m/way to Orange area. About 650 miles. If we go to Zeebrugge it’s 680 miles via Luxembourg then south and east about Lyon.
During our travels we see the various amounts of traffic and it gives some idea about the prosperity of various areas.
We do take into account that there are more lorries from Spain, Portugal, Italy plus others from the rest of the EU in the roads up to Lyon.
The variations in heavy road traffic in U.K. follows the same pattern heavy in the South getting less as you travel north.
Just to clarify we have been going to the same caravan site near Mont Ventoux since 2004 sometimes 2 x a year. We may have missed going there for 3 of those years. Cycling is great there.
We try to have 9 weeks May to July and 5;weeks in September/ October.
Yes it’s expensive overall but if we used Hotels or package deals we would only have a goal of maybe 5 weeks but not doing what we want. Cycling is King for us.