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    Hi,

    What are the shuttle options for the Tarn? Are there any buses running up the river?

    I'm the only driver on our trip so I was thinking of taking a bicycle and dropping the car off at the get out early in the morning.

    Thanks

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    Are you talking the complete multi-day descent, or one day at a time? The former would be a whole day's ride.

    I know individuals have managed to blag a ride with hire companies, but it rather depends on how busy they are. You could speak to your planned campsite(s) too, they sometimes link up with hire companies and as a paying guest you have an "in" already.

    Cycling is possible, and there are plenty of cyclists, though the roads are very narrow with lots of blind corners and people on the wrong side of the road with busses and canoe trolleys to dodge too. It would take longer than you think, and is hilly in parts. Early in the morning is good though, probably better than after the paddle as it will also be cooler. Road is generally smooth.

    MarkL will be along at some point and tell you how to actually do it.
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    We're just doing short stretches and returning to the same camp each night in ispagnac.

    Anything up to an hour and a half's ride would be bearable but that'd mean people waiting for me when we do stretches further downstream.

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    I carried a cheap full size bike in my canoe and did a shuttle back for my car each evening. Was pleasant and enjoyable. Approx 15 miles per day would take an hour on bike and 30 minutes driving. I only remember it being steep pedalling up to the road from the various campsites.
    I like canoes ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by barelyafloat View Post
    I carried a cheap full size bike in my canoe and did a shuttle back for my car each evening. Was pleasant and enjoyable. Approx 15 miles per day would take an hour on bike and 30 minutes driving. I only remember it being steep pedalling up to the road from the various campsites.
    I'm not sure my missus would like that!

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    When are you there ? I ask because I’m over there in early August helping Mr Goodwin so would help out if it coincides
    hire companies may move you for a price but they won’t move your gear citing insurance etc. It’s complicated as it’d be different companies and ispagnac is way up at the top making the best sections a long run
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    Forgot to say, I checked public bus transport a while back for someone and there is nothing that runs directly up the gorge road so it isn’t really practical to even attempt it.
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