Day 163: Day trip to Béziers

Tuesday September 13, 2005, 45 km (28 miles) – Total so far: 9,962 km (6,190 miles)

Today we rode into Béziers in search of a cycle shop – 10,000 km has taken its toll on the Roberts’s drivetrain. Luckily we passed a large cycle shop (Bouticycle) on our way into town where the staff were excellent. I came away €€142 lighter and now have a shiny new cassette, a new chain, and a new middle chain ring. They didn’t have a 26 tooth ring in stock to replace the granny ring and the outer is still in pretty good nick. I also had my saddle tightened. The mechanic didn’t have the special Brooks tool so he made one in his workshop. Agata has a new waterproof jacket, so a very successful bit of essential shopping.

We’re having a nice lunch in the centre of town as I write this. It’s lovely sitting outside in the sunshine. Béziers seems to be a very pleasant town despite many reports on the internet suggesting that it’s run-down and crime-ridden.

Canal du Midi near Béziers

Canal du Midi near Béziers

The centre of Béziers

The centre of Béziers

St. Nazaire cathedral in Béziers

St. Nazaire cathedral in Béziers

Inside the grounds of St. Nazaire cathedral

Inside the grounds of St. Nazaire cathedral

 

Views of Béziers from St. Nazaire cathedral

Views of Béziers from St. Nazaire cathedral

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