Part 7. Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque to Genoa, Italy
The next segment of my proposed cycle ride takes me though France on to Genoa
After entering France from Andorra, I will enjoy a coastal ride for a while, but just before Montpellier, I head inland once again.
Yes. That means climbing - but I want to travel with you through some of the amazing French countryside.
The French towns/cities I am really looking forward to cycling through:
After Aubagne, I head towards the sea at Les Lecques, then briefly heading inland to Toulon. Once at Saint-Tropez, I make a more solid effort to stay along the seaside.
Heading North-east along this coast (which incidentally has to be one of my favorite parts of the world) is a bit of a treat. Minimal climbing and maximum enjoyment - I can handle that!
Leaving Saint-Tropex I then cycle through to Cannes, Antibes (seriously love Antibes) and then Nice - and it is though this area that I will use the wonderful bike and walking track alongside the shore.
All this cruising along comes to an end when I leave Nice and head to Monte Carlo. Then there is climbing, and a bit more climbing.
Once beyond Monte Carlo I will then hug the coastline once more through Italy to:
Voltri and then finally, Genoa
The climbing around Monaco is evident in the contour map of this segment - but compared to other segments, I think this segment of my trip will allow me to recover somewhat - especially from what I will experience climbing to Andorra.