A head for heights

One of the minor considerations when driving a motorhome is how big it is and particularly how tall and wide it is… Therefore, as we slowly started to enter the gorges of the Ardèche, it was not very wise, (when your clever motorhome size specific SAT NAV says go this way), to repeatedly ignore it……, maybe it’s for a reason perhaps??? what about a narrow series of tunnels and overhangs with a 3.1M height limit. So a bit too close for comfort in a motorhome that’s 3M high!

it really wasn’t as high as it looks

So it was with much relief we arrived at the Aire in Ruoms near Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, with that bit that keeps us dry, still largely in place. Although I still have nightmares about a giant sardine can opener!

Next day after servicing Charlie (emptying waste water & loo, refilling with fresh water) we took a short detour to the Pont-d’Arc, the region’s postcard landmark, a natural arch that spans the river Ardèche.

Luckily the tunnels were a bit bigger on today’s route

This place is simply beautiful and provokes all kinds of thoughts and questions about the history and geology of the gorge and the people who’ve lived here.

We’ve been to the region before with Josh when the three of us canoed down the Ardèche river and under the Pont-d’Arc. I remember it being super busy and very touristy so it was a real pleasure to go out of season and see the real beauty of the place and literally have it to ourselves.

Leaving the Ardèche behind we pointed Charlie south stopping for lunch at Uzès.

Typical tree lined french roads but why?

Tree-lined roads stretching into the distance are one of the best-loved features of the French landscape. The myth that Napoleon is credited with lining French roads with trees, to enable his soldiers to march in the shade is explained in this article.

Lesley and I are not quite in the rhythm of France yet, as we seem to be making a habit of arriving when things are closed. Today we missed the chance to go to the Happy Lab at the Haribo Candy Museum in Uzès.

Uzès is a Languedoc Rousillon town and one of those places you feel you could come back to spend more much time exploring the car free streets and soaking up the atmosphere of the old part of Uzès town, where the houses are built with an attractive pale limestone with matching creamy coloured smooth pavements.

Uzès, like many Medieval towns, was built in a circle around the Duke’s Castle, which you can go and visit and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Duke himself, whose family have resided at the castle for the most part of the last 1,000 years!

The main square had these ver nice arcades around the edge
Parking for once was easy – “Lesley is that van following us”?

Unsure if the French Passion aire nearby was open on a Sunday we ‘headed for the med’ and Montpellier – Can you see the sea yet?

Toodle Pip D&L

3 thoughts on “A head for heights

  1. Jean Barnett

    You two either very very brave or bit bonkers, going through 3.1 M height tunnel on 3M motorhome! Imagine if you stuck half way, what those Frenches would say? Non,non, non…. but if you were neither, we would never got to see those beautiful places you been to, thanks for sharing, safe traveling


    1. Dave & Lesley

      Morning Jean,
      Thanks for reading the blog, it’s nice knowing you two understand what motorhoming entails. We are probably a bit bonkers but we certainly didn’t know our route was going to take us through such a tight space…. We need to check we have the correct parameters in the sat nav. Hope the sun is shining and you have chance to get out with the Gramblers and enjoy the fabulous Lakes.


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