Thursday, September 11, 2008
Riding from Montcombroux to Millau (part 1)
After a shower, I dressed, packed al my luggage on the bike and left the hotel.
I could leave the keys of my room and the garage on the table in the hall. Easy.
Time to ride to Montcombroux for breakfast.
The road from Bert to Montcombroux
It is just a little more then six kilometers from Bert to Montcombroux so
it took me only a few minutes of riding on these very nice roads.
I was at Robert and Janny's place at eight AM again. Before we left for Millau,
we had breakfast and we watched the weather report on the TV. It did not look
very good. Lots of rainshowers on our route.....
First we had to go to Lapallise, to fill our tanks at the Champion gasstation.
(7.17 liter at 187,1 km, that is 26 km on a liter) Then we rode through
Vichy in the direction of Thiers.
At Puy Guillaume, we stopped for a cup of coffee and a croissant.
Coffebreak in Puy Guillaume
After we left Puy Guillaume, we pasted Thiers. At Olliergues, we stopped
to take a few pictures from the village below us.
Pictures on the D906 at Olliergues
From Olliergues, we followed the D906 in the direction of Le Puy en Velay,
a very nice and scenic route.
Then at 12:45, we stopped to take some pictures of the ruins of a castle
on a hilltop and then we continued in the direction of Le Puy en Velay.
A castle on a hilltop on the road to Le Puy en Velay
Then we arrived in Le Puy en Velay. A nice town but very much traffic
in the center. Le Puy en Velay is a starting-point for the pilgrim route to
Santiago de Compostela.
When you arrive from the North, you see a very big statue on a hilltop.
Statue in Le Puy
Further down the road you see a church on another hilltop. It is the
Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel. It must have been an enormous task to get
al the building materials on that hilltop but it looks amazing.
Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel
In Le Puy en Velay, we stopped for lunch. We had a very nice sandwich and a soda
at a small snackbar near the center. It is a nice town to come back too.
Lunch in Le Puy en Velay
After this good luch, we continue our journey to the South in the direction of Millau.