Day 164: Valras to Carcassonne

Wednesday September 14, 2005, 100 km (62 miles) – Total so far: 10,062 km (6,252 miles)

We passed the 10,000 km mark today with the computer stopped exactly on 10,000 km as we ate our lunch in Sallèles d’Aude by the Canal du Midi.It was a great route today through numerous little villages.

It was a great route today through numerous little villages. We followed the towpath along the canal for a short while. There were a lot of other cyclists about, many of whom are also staying here in the campsite at Carcassonne.

The only downer was a nasty headwind that stayed with us for most of the day, but the sun is back and hopefully will stay out tomorrow when we’re back in the mountains heading towards the Pyrénées and on to Spain.

I noticed whilst cleaning the bike yesterday that a few small cracks have appeared in the rim of my rear wheel. New wheels are a big expense that we can well do without.

The long flat road leaving Valras Plage, you can just make out the silhouettes of the mountains in the distance

The long flat road leaving Valras Plage, you can just make out the silhouettes of the mountains in the distance

 

A typically beautiful lane

A typically beautiful lane

We ate our lunch by the Canal du Midi in Sallèles d'Aude

We ate our lunch by the Canal du Midi in Sallèles d’Aude

Looking back to St.Marcel

Looking back to St.Marcel

Agata pushes over some rocky ground, this is actually an overflow system that prevents the canal from flooding

Agata pushes over some rocky ground, this is actually an overflow system that prevents the canal from flooding

Carcassonne is the largest medieval walled city in Europe

Carcassonne is the largest medieval walled city in Europe

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