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France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Bouches-du-Rhône

Miramas to Rognac - 28.3 km - Saturday 26th February 2011

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Promising start but then many busy roads. Closed nature reserves, wetlands, oil refineries, good variety.

Garmin Altitude Plot Garmin Mapsource Google Earth Disused Railway Cycle Path Disused Railway Cycle Path Routes Well Blocked Bracket Fungi The Nature Reserve Blocking the Route Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Roman Remains Flavien Bridge Blossom Railway Viaduct More Blocked Routes Orchids Orchids Orchids Orchids Quercus Ilex Terrain Quercus Ilex Terrain Quercus Ilex Terrain First Lunch Etang de Berre Etang de Berre Etang de Berre Usine de Saint Chamas Usine de Saint Chamas Usine de Saint Chamas Usine de Saint Chamas Usine de Saint Chamas Usine de Saint Chamas More Blocked Areas Etang de Berre Etang de Berre Wetlands Wetlands Wetlands Wild Boar Roadkill River Arc River Arc River Arc Rognac in the distance Etang de Berre Roganc Signs

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Today there were direct trains both ways but there was a cold 2.5 hour wait at Rognac for the return train, unuaually requiring shelter in the waiting room.

This walk was the most interesting but perhaps the least nice of the week. There were Roman remains, low hills with rocks, nature reserves you could not get into, wetlands and oil refineries. There were good picnic places in unlikely positions such as a dual carriage way roundabout. Hidden behind a bush with a view over the Étang de Berre and out of sight of the traffic, it was completely private. No pedestrian in their right mind would come here!

The middle of the walk was through wetlands. Then the industry started. There was only one feasible route into Rognac and it was a busy road with sections of dual carriage way. There was a cycle path so walking was fairly safe until the flyover junction where the cycle facilities vanished. Luckily it was fairly quiet on this winter Saturday. A hypnotic flame of eternal youth was burning at the refinery.

The wind had dropped but it was overcast and misty. Just like England but warmer. This also was fortunate because a long wait for a train in cold wind is not pleasant.

This was the last day of flat terrain. Rocky hills could be seen looming over Rognac with limestone cliffs, steps and ridges. Planning the routes will need more care and avoiding the traffic will be harder.

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KML Files open in Google Earth.

2011-02-26-000-Miramas-to-Rognac.kml

GDB Files open in Garmin MapSource

2011-02-26-000-Miramas-to-Rognac.gdb

GPX Files are in XML format and may be portable between different GPS receiver manufacturers

2011-02-26-000-Miramas-to-Rognac.gpx

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