(These plans have changed even more since I first wrote this post! The post has been updated to reflect this – the update is correct as of 6 July at 18:30!)
So the French train strike on Wednesday 6 July has messed up my plans. I know that my cross border Madrid Atocha – Marseille St Charles high speed AVE train (Train 9724, D. Madrid Atocha 13:25, A. Marseille 21:26) will not run into France on 6th. So I took it to Barcelona Sants (arriving there at 16:22).
From Sants I took Rodalies R11 to Portbou (D. Sants 17:16, A. Portbou 19:51), and then when I arrive will cycle 6km over the hill to Cerbère in France, and stay in a hotel there.
But that then leaves me needing to make up a huge distance on Thursday 7 June to get to my original destination that day – Roma!
The original new plan was to take TER and InterCity trains along the coast via Nice, but the early trains from Cerbère morning of 7 July are not running either. So this then is the more radical re-routing – via Chambéry instead!
10:31 Valence TGV
12:19 Valence TGV
18:15 Torino Porta Susa
19:10 Torino Porta Susa
23:49 Roma Termini
I will chance it on the two TGVs – after all I am only routing this way because of a strike! – and have already reserved a seat on the Frecciarossa.
So let’s give this a go and see if it works!