After lunch we had a wonderful ride along a bike path to our final destination, Sommieres. We saw this wonderful old foot bridge along the way.
Sommieres is an old walled city and we found a chambres d'hotes (bed and breakfast) at one of the old gates. When we asked the proprietor about the age of the building, he said it was from the Middle ages. The wall around the town had been the protection for the chateau. The siegneur of this chateau had been killed in one of the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants in France. Sommieres has one of the most unusual bell towers we have seen.
Today, Saturday, we left Sommieres and headed into rolling country near one of the high points in the area, Peak St-Loup.
It was beautiful country and the road was good and the traffic light. The afternoon's agenda was another gorge, the Gorge de l'Herault. The heat made the climbs tiring, but the gorge was unique.
Once again comparison to Arroyo Seco Gorge came to mind, especially after seeing the above scene. We soon rode out of the gorge, saddle weary and overheated. We stopped at the first hotel we came to. There was no room, but the nice lady called around to find that the next accommodation with room for us was still 7 kilometers away. Well, there was nothing for it but to go. We finished the day in Aniane.