That word ‘free’ usually succeeds in grabbing the attention. Precious little is free these days but plonking your tent down where it’s not going to upset anyone, and enjoying a peaceful night at no cost, is one of life’s great pleasures. Cicerone’s guide, Lightweight Camping, has been blogged here before, but here are a few succinct words from the author, together with some useful links at the bottom. http://www.freewheelingfrance.com/cycle-camping/wild-camping-in-france.html
1) The Semaine Federale is an event that appeals to many – usually around 10 – 12,000, mainly French cyclists, annually. You’ll normally find about 400 Brits attending this week-long series of rides which explore a different area of France every August. Well organised, very reasonably priced and extremely sociable, if these characteristics appeal, then find out more by downloading information sheet FRINF9 from here http://www.ctc-maps.org.uk/routes/route/1337/summary
2) Your blogger is off on his annual excursion to the French Riviera, courtesy of the Aedas Cycle2Cannes charity bike ride, until 14th March. If you fancy riding 1500kms in five and a half days on closed roads whilst being extraordinarily well looked after by a superb support team (which includes moi) then you might like to consider signing up for it next year. You do, however, need to be in the property / land / architectural world to take part, but it’s always worth trying even if you’re not. Find out more here: http://www.cycle2cannes.org/
Dating back to November (but new to us) are a couple of items which will be of interest to cycle travellers in France. They concern new rules about stopping for pedestrians, and an option to turn right against a red light under certain circumstances. Read all about it here.