After a drive-free day with my family in Avignon, my wife and I get up bright and early. This will allow us to drive a portion of today’s trip in relatively acceptable temperatures.

Welcome to our drive today
Welcome to our drive today

Speaking of which – I’ve charged the TWIKE’s batteries very slowly – even with this the batteries haven’t been able to cool off completely. 8°C difference to the outside temperature remain. 32°C is a perfect temperature to drive and get the most out of our pack.

Agreeable 24°C at 5.50am
Agreeable 24°C at 5.50am

The roads are empty and the cool breeze makes for perfect TWIKEing. Today, we’re going to drive slightly more than 300 km and will potentially meet up for a quick meet-and-greet with a long-time reader of this blog in Vias, on the coast.

Sunrise over southern France
Sunrise over southern France

A good hour into our drive, we decide to stop for some of the irresistible buttery French croissants, a Cafè au Lait and some freshly pressed orange juice. Yum.

First things first!
First things first!

With our energy levels at maximum, we’re ready for a longstanding TWIKE tradition – the TWIKE team pic for the day.

TDE2022 team TWIKE pic
TDE2022 team TWIKE pic

We’ve decided to first drive southwards towards the salt marches of the Camargue around Aigues Mortes where the famous pink Sel de Fleur salts come from.

Until there, we will have to endure some very flat landscapes devoid of any features that would help us navigate or gauge our progress.

This promises to be a beautiful ...& hot day
This promises to be a beautiful …& hot day

At least the road surface is near to perfect – thanks to the European Union

Endless straight & flat roads
Endless straight & flat roads

Arriving in Aigues Mortes, we decide to visit the quaint medieval walled town.

Aigues Mortes - traffic free walled town
Aigues Mortes – traffic free walled town

This turned out to be a very good idea – virtually no tourists were to be seen. Since it was still quite early, most of the tourist shops were still closed and the locals were either enjoying their first coffee of the day or walking their dogs.

We got ourselves a coffee at a cute little French Café on the main square and watched life go by for a while before setting off back onto the road towards Perpignan.

Aigues Mortes - France turned up to 110%
Aigues Mortes – France turned up to 110%

Driving along the salt marches is serene and beautiful, especially with all the flamingos matching the color of the marches.

Driving along the salt plains
Driving along the salt plains

Stopping at one of the petrol stations en-route to buy some water as the temperatures had risen sharply and were above 30°C, I saw this sign advertising a €0.18 ‘support by the French state’ towards lowering fuel prices.

I asked the attendant if this had any impact at all and was surprised by the reaction. Essentially the guy started ranting about the government taking over €1 a litre as fuel tax and then ‘giving’ €0.18 back to the people. He asked me if I knew the Gilets Jaunes movement and asked rhetorically if I’ve seen them lately.

They were out not long ago to protest that €1.50 fuel was unsustainable and was killing their livelihoods…where were they? They were fighting for survival and could no longer travel to the protests anymore, let alone stay overnight in an other city, for that matter!

Wow – given that I did not see any change in traffic volume during the last 3 days in France, I thought this to be a very harsh version of what is truly going on in France. Anyone with qualified insights: please leave your view in the comments below!

€0.18 a litre tax break
€0.18 a litre tax break

We eventually arrived at the first real beach en-route and decided to take another break in order to dip our toes into the water for a minute or two. This is the very same beach I took a break last time I was driving to Spain with my TWIKE in 2019.

Ready for some seaside fun
Ready for some seaside fun

Later on, we arrived in the seaside town of Sète – a beautiful gem of a town in southern France. I visited Sète the first time in 1991 and have been a fan ever since.

Tadaa: TWIKE x Sète
Tadaa: TWIKE x Sète
Another view you don't get often from a TWIKE
Another view you don’t get often from a TWIKE

We decide to stop again – this time for a tapas-style snack with some seafood, cheese and cold cuts.

Delicious seafood snacks along the road
Delicious seafood snacks along the road

An hour later we arrive in Vias and spend some time with Pat and his family at the beach.

Entering Vias
Entering Vias

From there, we’ve got just another 2 hours until we arrive in Perpignan. The road surface stays perfect…but this doesn’t mean the distance gets any shorter. Temperature-wise we’re at 33°C and the humidity doesn’t help either.

Extreme heat & endless roads
Extreme heat & endless roads
Nearly there
Nearly there

We arrive late afternoon after 313km. Our kids have already checked-in and bought us some drinks to welcome us with on the large penthouse balcony of our rooftop apartment.

TDE2022 - Day 4 stats
TDE2022 – Day 4 stats

Our apartment has a parking spot that comes with it but no plugs anywhere close to charge from.

This is where I then started the usual process of finding a solution to charge anyway -> creative charging solutions!

Where the electricity comes from...4 floors up
Where the electricity comes from…4 floors up
Down it goes
Down it goes
And around...
And around…
Creative charging in Perpignan

We shower and freshen-up whilst our kids go shopping. (This is payback time for us parents – having kids with drivers’ licenses really helps) We then sit on the balcony and map out what we will want to do in Perpignan the next day – again a drive-free day for the TWIKE. We will be meeting some friends nearby after some exploring of the town itself.

We have the rooftop penthouse - nice!
We have the rooftop penthouse – nice!
This promises to be an agreeable evening
This promises to be an agreeable evening

Good bye – leave comments – thanks for reading!

TDE2022 Day 4 GPS track
TDE2022 Day 4 GPS track
DayDistance kmDistance total kmEnergy WhEnergy Total WhCost CHFCost Total CHFComment
1378.5378.513775137753.443.44(home charge)
2310.7689.211551253260.003.44included in price of stay
4313.31002.513889392150.003.44included in price of stay
TDE 2022 Stats

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