I've started the solo part of my trip, so I've also started a new photo album here - Solo Cycling in France.
Spent the last two days cycling up the Rhone to Montèlimar and then on to Valence. There were some beautiful towns along the way. Richerenches was a center of Templar activity in Provence. The fortified center of town was beautiful and completely void of tourists.
Grignan was also a big surprise. I rode over a ridge to see the chateau and church shown with this update. As this sight was completely unexpected, it took my breath away for a moment... or maybe it was the hill I just rode.
Mirmande was also beautiful. A medieval hilltop town perfectly preserved with few tourists and a real, lived in city. As I walked around, I saw several families sitting down to Sunday dinner in their beautiful courtyards. I could live in a place like this.
The downside to this route is that it is getting more and more industrial. One photo in the album is of a nuclear power plant that was over my shoulder all day, today. Because of that and the big, busy, traffic-filled approach to Lyon, I'm going to train into Lyon tomorrow. It will cut two days of tricky cycling out and give me time to explore Lyon and then Beaujolais.