A Trip to the Ardeche in May 2015 (Part 5)

A Paddle through the Chassezac River Gorge

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Today we drove back to the Chassezac river to find out if the conditions were any better for canoeing. They were. The river had risen a little bit and we wasted little time in getting ourselves on the river and away. Ed had decided to use his collapsible canoe again today and this proved a lot better for his comfort. I paddled tandem with Vonda and we had a great time on the river – and only wobbled once seriously as we came through a bumpy & rocky section.

Ed and Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed and Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed and Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed and Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

The Chassezac river, Gard, France

The Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed, Melissa, Wayne and Vonda taking a break on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed, Melissa, Wayne and Vonda taking a break on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

We meandered gently downstream past the spectacular cliffs and rocks and watched some climbers and abseilers at a couple of places.

Ed, on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed, on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Wayne & Melissa on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed and Melissa & Wayne, on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Ed and Melissa & Wayne, on the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

Eventually we came to the end of our canoeing at the Chaulet Beach where Steve was waiting for us and where he had our lunch ready in the shade.

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the Chassezac river, Gard, France

On the way home we stopped at a viewpoint to gaze over the Cevenne Mountains in the distance.

Looking towards the Cevenne Mountains from a lookout on the road, Gard, France

Looking towards the Cevenne Mountains from a lookout on the road, Gard, France

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