Months ago I watched a YouTube video of a spectacular gorge road near Quillan. You can see it here. On the basis of videos like that I thought it unlikely we would drive the D117 road, which is the shortest route between Quillan and the Mediterranean. I do want us to survive this trip, after all. However, yesterday we drove 10 km on that road to Axat and back, through the Gorges de Pierre Lys. It was a thrilling trip. I wanted to look at the cliffs above and river below but generally kept my eyes on the road.
Where did we go today? Good question. We went to Querigut, which involved first to Axat then south up the Aude river. Speed limit 90 but I felt an average of half that was about right on those roads. The Gorges de la Pierre-Lys and the Gorges de St George are equally spectacular and hair-raising. Hilary and Michael must have come through some of those roads with Susie a few years ago.
Have a look at the pictures below, then imagine driving on the right, in a new vehicle, uncertain whether a truck might be approaching from around the next bend. Yes, surprisingly, even some large trucks use those gorge roads.