Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Biking the coast
When we arrived in Fréjus last fall, we got in as much beach time as possible before the weather changed. I took some kitesurfing lessons and swam as much as possible, but since then my main form of exercise has been biking (faire de vélo). My favorite bike ride is a 22-25 km ride along the coast to Agay and back.
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Leaving our Frejus Plage apartment I am on the coast in 3 short blocks. From there I head east along the Mediterranean as it takes me through St. Raphael, and past their 3 ports. It has some slight ups and downs, nothing serious, and takes me past great coastal views and a host of small inlets and beaches that will be great stops for a mid-ride swim once spring arrives. Of course, even when that happens it will take awhile for the water to warm up, the locals say May, but I bet I'll be swimming again before that :) There is also a war memorial in honor of Operation Dragoon that was part of the allied invasion of southern France in August of 1944.
Past that is my favorite little beach that I call "Tiki Plage" because of the Tiki restaurant right there on the beach. It is a beautiful eyelet cove with a narrow outlet to the Sea, perfectly calm for snorkeling and young swimmers like Irie. Shortly thereafter is the beautiful bay of Agay with its striking backdrop of red hills.
As you can see from the photos, it was a great day for a ride. Spring is coming.