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France

Your Linesman

Benoit Farré

I studied geology at university for 4 years. I’ve been fire-fighter for 10 years and I’m now working as a civil servant involved with the environment.

I’ve been trained to drive offroad forest fire trucks, in mountain rescue and coast guard duties.

For the last 10 years, I’ve been travelling on my bike as often as I can with my friends.

I’ve ridden a KTM 640 Adventure and a 990 Adventure through Morocco, Tunisia, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Spain,Sicilia and through French Alps. I’ve also trekked with my wife in Chile, Nepal and I’ve travelling in Iceland, England, Scotland, Slovenia in a van.

I also write for a french motorcycle magazine: Road Trip which is specialises in covering travel around the world!

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ROUTE INFO

All year round except the sections which cross the Massif Central and the Alps. The best months for the Alps are from July to the end of october and for the Massif Central you can start at the end of April.
18 in countryside, 15 in town, 112
National and Regional Parks have their own laws with regard to wild camping, so check their rules. Otherwise try to be sure that you're not on a private land, stay only one night with a light tent, don't make a fire (in particular in the south of France) and leave your bivoauc area as you found it and you should not face problems.
Respect sign posts, red and white circle with a barrier and private property!

If trail is wide enough and drivable for a normal car and you've no sign post you can ride it.

Avoid single tracks as most of them are forbiden.

Be careful when you are in the south of France in the Departments of Aude, Pyrénées-orientales, Gard, Vaucluse and Corsica. During the summer, these departments may have restrictions due to forest fire risks. Most of the TET's tracks in Corsica are forbidden to ride from the 15th of June to 15th of September.
You can check information on these official websites:
Ardeche
Aude
Gard
Herault
Pyrenees-Orientales
Vaucluse
Corse du Sud
Haute Corse

ROUTE OVERVIEW

You will cross France from the north to the south and from the west to the east. You could cross the Méditerranée with a ferry and visit Corsica from north to south.

You may reach Italy through the Alps and Spain through the Pyrenees.

If you start in Calais you will ride through an agricultural landscape and perhaps stop at Amiens with its beautiful Gothic Cathedral. Then you will head on past Paris. If you want to have a break here you will have to be patient with the traffic jams and the Parisian attitude!

You will then cross the Seine River and ride to Chartres with its famous perfumes and stained glass.

The landscape is still agricultural but more forests will appear. After Orleans where you cross the Loire you will travel through increasing amounts of woodland and the hills will begin.

You will see the Massif Central, a 300 000 year old volcanic range, before heading to the south and its Mediterranean climate and vegetation. The fortified city of Carcassone is a highlight of this area.

Throughout my country you will find different types of trail - limestone, granite and mud, different landscapes - wide agricultural fields, forests, mountains and Mediterranean hillsides and if you get lost you will always find someone who will help you! I guarantee it!

WHAT NOT TO MISS

There is such a variety of landscapes, food and architecture that you will always be surprised.

Just take your time to have a break, enjoy the view, have a coffee break or lunch in a little restaurant and chill.