Today’s forecast: rain in morning, clearing around lunchtime. So, after some morning shopping, off at midday for something like a 70-mile ride, with two purposes: to ride up the D70-D411 from the D93 near Aouste, and to try the alternative road (the D202) from the Col de Lescou to St. Nazaire-le-Désert.
The bits for cyclists:
1) The D70-D411 is a really nice little road to get up to the Saoû road, but deliberately it is poorly signposted, to dissuade car drivers using it as a rat-run (I assume). If you use it the other way you’ll easily miss it (see photo). As ever, use a map, or GPS, if you don’t know your way around. You’ll know I’m a map man.
2) I wouldn’t recommend the D202 from Col de Lescou as a way to get to St. Nazaire-le-Désert: the D355 is a lovely little descent, whereas the D202 is very gravelly and sketchy on the way down. If you’re a col-bagger and must to the Col de Muse, much better to ascend from St. Nazaire, though still watch out for gravel on the descent to Col de Lescou.
It actually was still a lovely ride, despite the less-than-scorching weather, my estimate of the length of the ride (it ended up being 80 miles), and the need for a rather more hasty return than anticipated. Fortunately my legs were game on this occasion.
Here’s the route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7375230
|The easily-missed turn|
|Looking back down to Col de Lescou from the Col de Muse|
|Weather passes by over the Roanne valley|