The objective for week 38 is to go through the villages of Chemin de Stevenson to take photos not taken due to fatigue and then see those thrown in the towel. I should take again a picture of the statue of Stevenson and Modestine. I stopped at the edge of the Allier river in Langogne.
Tuesday September 15th I continued my trip passing through the villages of Chemin de Stevenson, Cheylard 1'Evêque, Luc, Laveyrune to stop bivouacking at Pass of Goulet 1452m. I had the joy of seeing four splendid donkeys, including a long-haired one from Poitou, being packed in front of the Refuge du Moure. The day was radiant with an autumn sun.
On Wednesday September 16, I reluctantly left the Pass of Goulet to descend to Le Bleymard and then to go to Pont-de-Montvert where the Camisards war began on July 22, 1702 with the assassination of Abbé du Chayla. Alas Wednesday is market day. I had enormous difficulties to cross the village without the possibility of parking, I went my way to St-Jean-du-Gard by making a detour to Florac. The landscapes of Mont Lozère, the Corniche des Cévennes and the French valley were unforgettable moments thanks to the harshness and diversity of the panoramas. However, the narrow roads lack parking for photo stops. I found a bivouac on a vacant lot on the edge of the D9.
Thursday September 17th I traveled from St-Jean-du-Gard to Aven Armand by the Corniche des Cévennes on the D9 roads to Tortues Branchées then the D996 to Aven Armand. As Jean Ferrat sang, "Que la Montagne est belle" (How beautiful the mountain is). I arrived at the opening, 10.00, of the Aven Armand ticket office, here. The first departure of the guided tour was at 10.15 am and the return around 11.30 am. After a descent in the funicular the path is strewn with around 200 steps. At the exit of the funicular a quick introduction is made by Jules Verne in video with his journey to the Center of the Earth. The guide comments on the room discovered in 1897 by successively illuminating the different concretions and by projecting surrealist short films of imaginary underground flora and fauna. It was an enchantment of vertical structures of various shapes and colors as Jules Verne described them on his journey to the Center of the Earth, descending into the crater of the volcano, the Sneffels (now Snæfellsjökull) near Reykjavik, Iceland. I bivouacked there.
On Friday September 18th I left the Aven Armand car park around 8.00 am to drive through the Gorges de la Jonte, here, from Meyrueis to Peyreleau by the D 996 on a senators' train, 30km / h, to admire the cliffs under the rising sun. Same remarks as previously, no or little parking for photo stops. I arrived around 10.00 at Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux, here, The city of stones. The brochure given at the entrance with the ticket lists six hikes of 30 to 50 minutes. My physical condition did not allow me to practice them. I opted for a guided tour with the 50-minute train. Then around 12.20 I was looking for a wild campsite around the D110 before arriving in Millau.
Saturday, September 19 morning before leaving, circling my truck I had the unpleasant surprise to find that the right rear wheel was almost flat. After checking the valve was 2/3 cut at the base of the rim. So I had to change the wheel. The operation lasted nearly three hours, tidying up and various checks. There were two bits of bravery that caused me a lot of worry, first loosening the wheel bolts that had been tightened with a pneumatic screwdriver in Lusaka when installing four new tires. The wheel spider bought at Vidal Auto in Draguignan was twisted in the operation! then the installation of the spare tire. The lowering of the spare wheel from its support then the raising of the damaged wheel on the support were carried out with the hoist made by Bernard Giraud. Coming down from the Causse Noir plateau I took a picture of the Millau Viaduct, here, in the distance overlooking the city. The Total service station told me about the SiliGom tire repairer, open on Saturday, who promptly replaced the valve and then reinstalled the wheel in its location. It was 13.30. Next to Total a car park warmly welcomed me.
Sunday September 20 I reached the viewing area of the Millau viaduct via the D911 from Millau. The Viaduct expo is open at 10.00 off season. The morning was particularly foggy until 13.00. The belvedere offers a striking view of the structure. A video is shown and interpretive slides of the construction of the viaduct, see also above the link to Wikipedia. I bivouacked on the spot.