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Originally Posted by andrew.waye
Good advice, CB HI. I'll try to see the final TT and a hill stage as well before I leave. Unfortunately, my flight back to Ottawa is on the 25th from Paris (final stage ends there that day)... I'll have to find out the best way to get around rural France; are they friendly to hitchhikers with backpacks? I'm pretty excited!
In my limited experience, no. I expected to hitchhike in the alps back to the town where I could catch a bus. First off the traffic was so light that my chances were severely reduced, second everyone looked at me like I was crazy. It really depends, YMMV, and the situation could be completely different during the tour.
For transport you should look into the bus, although sometimes it is really hard to find the route information, as you must go to each region's website to find the timetable. The last rural bus I took I found online that it only ran twice a day, so my schedule was really restricted, however, once I got to the bus station I learned that there were multiple buses.
It's a little outdated, but you should check out this site for regional transport (in french, select region from pull down and click "on y va").