After a breakfast in a Boulangerie with two coffees and 6 Brioches I started the short distance to Marseille. The map showed 20 km beeline. Finally I drove 40 km.
There was no separate bike path. I had to follow the main road with lots of traffic that increased the nearer I came to Marseille.
But most of the the roads provide a shoulder of about 1 meter done in a lighter asphalt that is respected by car drivers. So I felt safe. Only the exhaust gases…
I expected the road going down to the Mediterranean but there was a permanent up and down. From time to time were gusty headwinds.
For cycling the Mistral (wind from the north) would have been a support. But on the other hand the Mistral is cold. That would have been uncomfortable for swimming 😉
Nearly half the distance I drove through the city. This was really easy because I had to follow the main road to the southest point of Marseille always straight forward.
I used the strategy I used to last year in Italy especially in Sicily: don’t hesitate but go! That works perfect. Everybody stops and let me go as soon as they see such a curious biker with red and orange luggage and a helmet and hiking boots 😉
I found a nice apartment at the sea a bit outside the city. Firstly I started the washing machine. Clothes were due to. Secondly I went to the sea, only 2 minutes and had a swim. It’s so great pleasure to me to swim in the Mediterranean 🙂 I love it.
After this fantastic refreshing swim I walked to the supermarket and bought some olives and cheese and baguette and enjoyed lunch on my terrace.
After that I layed down and fell asleep. The last days I felt tired all the time. So I enjoyed it to cancel all sightseeing plans. I will do sightseeing Marseille tomorrow and overmorrow and will leave on Friday.