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“For several years, we enjoy moving for one or two weeks in autumn: there are less people on the roads, on the spots, and the weather still mild.

We left our residential Alps for a small van tour, crossing France towards the Guanguise, were the wind was announced that week. How lucky we have been, with five pretty windy days. Tired of taking the highway to reach southern France, we decided house small routes, happy to discover new places and landscapes we usually bypassed.

We crossed the dense spruce forests of Forez (Auvergne), we took our time to photography the Truyère gorges and slept on the plateau d’Aubrac (altitude: 1 200m). After this little break, we continued the road towards Toulouse and its “agricultural” spot, wondering all along the route about the damage left by the wheat farming.

At this time of the year, the wheat is already harvested and ensiled, the land plowed and bared to face winter. During the last hours of our trip, we could only find hectares without vegetation, rather sterile, with landscapes therefore radically opposed to Aubrac. And guess what? The spot of the Guanguise is an artificial reservoir of water, irrigating the cultures of the department… Ironic isn’t it? These landscapes of dry trees on the banks, so mysterious and typical of the place, are the resultant. We can then wonder about these industrial processes of cereal production in a country as France, world’s largest wheat producer. Anyway, this water tank is perfect for riders living in Toulouse! I close the parenthesis…

On the spot only wind and sun!! 4.4 and 4.0 will do well. Some pictures in the box, first outing with my new 2018 sails. I let you enjoy the video of a little family trip, good memories;) ”

Via Baptiste Mure

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