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    Where to avoid tourists/ France/ August/ 10 days touring

    Dear all!

    Please, I'm in desperate need of suggestions.

    I am looking for a route or area in France that is not over run by the masses of tourists (French and Foreign) that overtake the country in August.

    I have 10 days (departing aug. 9th). Looking for a nice route (apron 500km), moderately challenging but will settle for less challenging if beautiful and the food is good. Will be riding on repaired '60s road bikes. Campsites and wild camping.

    Any off the beaten path areas you can recommend?

    Very much appreciated!
    Miguel

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    Quote Originally Posted by thebum View Post
    Dear all!

    Please, I'm in desperate need of suggestions.

    I am looking for a route or area in France that is not over run by the masses of tourists (French and Foreign) that overtake the country in August.

    I have 10 days (departing aug. 9th). Looking for a nice route (apron 500km), moderately challenging but will settle for less challenging if beautiful and the food is good. Will be riding on repaired '60s road bikes. Campsites and wild camping.

    Any off the beaten path areas you can recommend?

    Very much appreciated!
    Miguel
    If you really want to avoid tourists, you better stay at home...
    ´cause you`re a tourist yourself!

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    Well, I'm back to having hopes of doing something like this in the next year or two. Perhaps it'll lead to a less touristy region in France for you:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...Vercors-France
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    The Vercors are beautiful, but not 9 days worth... Plus the area is extremely popular with motorcyclists due to the large number of Michelin Maps 3 starred roads.
    http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.au

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    In August it will be very difficult to find the tourist-less France of your dreams.

    One option would be to travel the paved section of the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Avignonet-Lauragais. Then take any of the D roads into the region bounded by Castelnaudary, Mezamet, Beziers, and Carcassone, and Narbonne. If you go all the way to Narbonne, you could ride around the Mediterranean. Closer to Mezamet and Saint-Ponds-de-Thomieres are some wonderful forests, hills, and mountains. Plan your route carefully, there's a million ways to go around, but you want to be sure you avoid a lot of the HC and Cat 1 climbs.

    This area will have a lot of cyclists, but almost all of them will be French, with a few Spanish and English. The Languedoc, IMO, is among the most incredible places in the world to eat, cycle, and camp in August. The food will be excellent everywhere. And all the bigger towns I listed above will have an Intermarche or a Carrefour to stock you up.

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    Pretty late in the day but the Vosges are not that busy in summer. Depending on your route you can see a load of riders/cars on the well known peaks but other than that you'll be on your own. I had 60km of a 100km ride without seeing a single other cyclist on my last ride down there.

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