Calais to Millau avoiding Paris

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  1. Ovalball

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    Having endured another crawl around Paris surrounded by crazy drivers,can someone please suggest the best way to Millau without going anywhere near Paris.Dont mind toll roads but obviously would prefer a suitable alternative,as long as it doesn’t add hours onto the journey.Thanks in advance.
     
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    Rouen, Chartres, Orleans then A75 towards Clermont Ferrand?
     
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    Calais - Abbeville - Rouen - N154 to Evereux - Dreux - Chartres - Allains Mervilliers then onto Orleans - Vierzon - Bourges - Clermont Ferrand - Millau
    Most of it is free motorway or Dual Carriageway
     
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    Usually slow moving traffic through turn but other than that it's a good route some leave the motor way to save 12 euros at abbeville but I think it's worth paying
     
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    Don't know how much extra time or distance this might or might not add but we now always go this way and love it. A plus is plenty of small Aires near the route and rarely find other users (in winter not sure about summer).
     
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  6. Camdoon

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    The REDC (Rouen Evreux Dreux Chartres) route as specified above is our favourite. Remember easier to travel mid week most of July and all of August. Here is our get it done route:-

    Take a crossing 1700hr ish via the Chunnel - this ensures you are travelling on the M25 outside rush hour (if only it was an hour).
    Into Cite d'Europe for French goodies and or fuel or overnight.
    Usually drive for an hour-ish along to the Baie de Somme Motorway Aire for an overnight (tend to avoid buying fuel or anything here). It does have paid for showers.
    Down to Rouen, we take the east bank of the Seine passing through Igoville where there is a Super U for fuel and food. There is a further Aire at Pont-de-L'Arche if you want to get further down the road on night 1.
    We tend to press on here for Issoire where we refuel at the Carrefour and if the boys are in tow there is also a McD's.
    We overnight at La Canourgue 90 miles further on which is delightful (other Villages Etapes/ aires available). There is a free aire, a take away and a number of restaurants. We usually eat at Portalou, largely because of the name.
    Easy run down to Spain in the morning.
    This is fairly brutal for day 2 and you need a light foot or a good fuel tank to make Calais-Issoire without re-fuelling but if you are heading for Millau can stop far further north.
     
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  7. Ovalball

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    Do you have the above excellent route saved to your sat nav as an itinerary?
     
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    If only ! I got my hands on a new 10" Android radio last week and bought Sygic; I have the free maps for Copilot but got the money to buy the caravan version off the seller; I am starting to use Waze in my Iphone; I have a Garmin 760D kicking about and sometimes find it easier to use the TomTom app on my iPad on which support ran out about 2 years ago :)
    Looking at it though I will get the co-ords together as it will be the easiest way for me to manage this :) as my lads are driving down this year and that will be the easiest way for them (Goodness knows which app they will be using).
     
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