We are at Camping La Nautique (N 43.147591 E 3.004611), a campsite on the shore of Lake Bages-Sigean. This is about 4 miles from Narbonne. The lake extends for about 10 miles through a national park to the Mediterranean; La Nautique used to be the port which served Narbonne. The campsite is a little unusual in that each pitch has its own water supply, electricity supply and private shower and wc. All for the standard ACSI rate.
On the first day, having met up again with Keith and Jane, we cycled along the north shore of the lake to Bages, a small village about 4 miles away.
The first section of the track was deeply rutted and infested by battle hardened mosquitoes….we had to cycle quickly.
We stopped for lunch at a viewpoint at the top of the hill that Bages sits on, just by the church, looking out over the lake.
We cycled on along a much better cycle track to Peyriac de Mer, the next village.
The track winds its way alongside numerous salt pans of varying sizes, some of which are covered in flocks of flamingos.
We stopped in Periac de Mer for a glass of wine and to buy up the local pharmacies supply of mosquito repellent. This pungent concoction also works as nail varnish remover so is clearly trés fort.
We cycled back for tea. Narbonne via the canal du midi has been pencilled in for tomorrow.