Cycling the Atlantic Coast: Rochefort to Marennes

By Maggie LaCoste

What a day! No bike route signs for most of the day, a bike path that dead ended into a grassy field…at least it wasn’t raining!

I wrote a long blog post about today on my I-pad, and then proceeded to delete it as I was adding photos. I guess that means that all that really matters is for you to see the photos of my wonderful, pictures-perfect destination for the night, Marennes!

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Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. Starting in Bordeaux, travelling on the Roger Lapide towards the med, la Rochelle travelling south? And now Bairitz!! Its the gaps that puzzle me. Great to cover so much ground, and interesting about the ‘Velodyssee’ signage – we are setting out from Bayonne in June to travel up to Roscoff – I will look for an improvement in the signs. Enjoy your trip – wherever you end up next.

    1. Experience France by Bike May 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Hi John,

      Due to Internet availability, my blog posts are running behind where we actually are, with Facebook being the most current. We did start out in Bordeaux which is where we rented our bikes. Spent two days there checking out local routes–Roger Lapabie and St. Emilion. Then took train to north of La Rochelle and started cycling south. La Rochelle to Rochefort, Rochefort to Marennes, Marennes to Royan, Royan to Cap Ferret, ferry to Arcachon, Arcachon down the coast to Biarritz, and now we have arrived in St. jean de Luz. We had three long days in the rain, late arrival at places to stay and either no Internet, or no energy to write posts, so I will catch up over the next couple of days. As of today, we have yet to see any signs for either EuroVelo 1 or the Velodyssee. We have met dozens of Europeans with the same experience. Very disappointing. Today’s route is listed on the local map as Velodyssee but was the major coastal highway, lots of high speed traffic. Definitely not on the same caliber as the Loire, the Danube or the Burgundy or Brittany routes.

      Maggie