Thierry Crouzet

Automatic translation from french

This summer, with the friend blogger Lionel Dricot, we will leave my home, near Sète, to head towards the Atlantic and Biscarrosse, via the surroundings of Monflanquin where we will make a small stop at my beautiful family. The easy way would have been to follow the Canal du Midi, but we are more perverse. We want to stay away from the roads, to follow preferably the singles or the tracks, to climb, to tramp, to bathe in the lakes and lost rivers, without forgetting to pass by some remarkable villages.

The trace is under construction. You can appropriate it, modify it, transform it, enrich it. If you know any paths on this course, share them with us. We may be able to open a new kind of French Divide.

This is how I drew this trace.

1 I created a new map on Google Map where I arranged our starting point, our intermediate step and our end point, and I connected these three points by pulling right.

Carte initiale
Carte initiale

2 I exported my minimalist trace in KML, I converted it to GPX with BaseCamp, to re-code it on VTTrack to whom I asked to display all available ATV traces.

Le réseau de traces sur VTTrack
Le réseau de traces sur VTTrack

3 Since VTTrack, I opened a hundred tracks near my line, then imported them in a layer of my Google Map.

Le réseau sous Google Map
Le réseau sous Google Map

4 A blue snake jumped at me, directed towards Castres, going back to Albi, then Villefranche-de-Rouergue before joining the valley of the Lot. At the heart of this network, I spotted famous places: Pézenas near my home, the sublime valley of Orb between Roquebrun and Olargues, Lake Vézoles, Monestiés, Najac, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ...

5 Over this network, by inspiring myself, I then began to draw my course, leaping from trace to trace, pulling right when I could not find one. This work was long but exciting, I had the impression to discover the intimate France, already pedaling. Google traces being limited to 2,000 points, I gradually subdivided the trace to continue to manipulate it.

Fignolage sur BaseCamp
Fignolage sur BaseCamp

6 Sometimes I would export these tracks to re-import them into BaseCamp. There, with the IGN map, I searched for the paths that I missed while specifying my routes. I did a lot of Google / BaseCamp roundtrips until I got a trace that met the specifications.

Trace finale sur Google
Trace finale sur Google

7 After collecting my petis, I got a single GPX file that I imported into Komoot which gave me some interesting statistics: the total distance 800 km, the total altitude difference 11 000 m, but also the proportion of paths / tracks, 80%, versus roads, 20%.

Stats sur Komoot
Stats sur Komoot

8 On Google Map, I then looked for campsites along the trail and points of interest, starting with grocery stores, restaurants and cafes.

Carte enrichie
Carte enrichie

At this point, from behind my keyboard, I can not go further. It only remains to pedal.