After walking for a few hours yesterday, ending up at La Sourgette, a beautiful park and picnic area on La Sorgue, we decided to hire bikes today and go a bit further.
We hired bikes at Kvelo, Rue de la Republique at L'Isle sur la Sorgue for €19 each for use between 0930-1830. There are maps available from the Tourism Office showing designated cycling routes in the area. We made our own shortcuts up following the river as much as possible and thoroughly enjoyed both the exercise and the route to find the 'Source'.
The town is all that has been described previously. Being early July and a warm 31C we did not expect much action at the Source but it was still great to go there. Walked the bikes up a very gentle slope to the top, took a few pics and meandered back down, enjoying a beer then an ice cream on the river bank. The many stalls and shops may interest some.
It was midday and not yet school holidays ( another 2 days to go til the hordes arrive) yet the traffic in the centre of town seemed quite congested. Parking is available at spots around the river for €4 and this seems fairly reasonable. Riding the push bikes felt relatively safe. There were some bike lanes in places and in others the traffic was very considerate.
This is an area with many campsites, swimming and fishing opportunities...I have no doubt that in the next week or so the population will increase. The river is full of trout, many fingerlings but hiding in the depths, you can spot the bigger ones. We wished we'd bought the fishing line!
This was a great way to spend 5 hours or so...we may try the numerous kayak hire places tomorrow.
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