March 11, 2009 -
Distance: 181 Miles 291 Kms
Towns: Treignac, Tulle, Altilac, St Jene Lagineste, St Cere, Padirac, Rocamadour, Payrac, Souillac, Noailles, Brive-La-Gaillarde, Donzenac, Uzerche, Chamberet.
Regions: Correze, Midi Pyrenees.
Roads: D16, D940, D1120 (N120), D1, D125, D807, D673, D90, D1020 (N20), D19, D154, D158, D920, D3.
Attractions: Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne, Gouffre de Padirac, Rocamadour, Grotte des Merveilles,
Coffee Stops: Tulle Centre (Park inside the Cathederal boundry), Beaulieu-Sur-Dordogne is a spectacular place park in the square and wonder around the town. Lunch at either Padirac or above Rocamadour. There are fewer cafes on the route from Rocamadour to Brive so if you see one open stop. Ussel is nice, as you enter the Town turn left up into the Chateaux and park in the square (Cobbled road).
Description: This route gets technical in the middle where the D940 becomes a twisting snake like narrow road for about 15 miles, not for heavy longwheeled bikes unless you are used to riding narrow twistie country lanes. The route out of Rocamadour is superb but hard work on something like the Triumph Rocket 3. Going through Brive City can be a pain but worth the effort as the road down off the N20 into the centre is nice, however if you want to avoid it drop onto the A20 (not a toll) for a couple of junctions and get off on the D920 to Donzenac to rejoin the route. Be careful when going down the hill and through the tunnel to Rocamadour as there is often oncoming traffic in the middle of the road...