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Old 11-19-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Pyrenees (5 day return dash)

After a few beers in the pub one night some of my GS riding mates informed me that KTMs are no good for long distance touring...



So decided to prove them wrong.

Original plan was to ride down to the Gap area and spend a few days doing some local passes or Route Napoleon. Weather looked poor with thunderstorms and rain so as I only had a few days decided to head to the Pyrenees which looked more promising.
Glad I had an airhawk for the long ride south mind.



Camped at a little site near Ax-Les-Thermes near the foothills of the Pyrenees.



I knew I had made the right choice when I woke up the next morning.



Quick coffee before getting ready to explore. The Pyrenees is just as good as most of the Alps anyway.



Looking good.







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Old 11-19-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Enjoyed a beer or two in the evenings.



A few more pics.









Nice blond... but why the long face?







Eventually had to head north again and rode up the West coast of France mainly on N (national) routes.

Spent my last night North of Bordeaux in the little town of Pons.



Once I reached Poitiers it was cloudy and raining so jumped back on the Autoroute and legged it to Calais.

Cheers.

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Old 11-19-2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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Last few pics. Was lucky with the weather and October was a good time to visit this region.















The big Katoom was brilliant for this dash. Total mileage was about 1800 miles door to door.

Bike returned about 40mpg and used no oil.

Thanks for looking.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:46 PM   #4
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Beautiful country! Looks like you have a nice enjoyable trip.
Thanks for sharing Tricky.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:56 PM   #5
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very nice pictures... How many hours of riding is Calais from the Pyrenees?
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:17 PM   #6
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Be careful with the beers

Always no alcohol eh...

Great pics and great trip friend...
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:27 AM   #7
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The roads down here from the end of Sept. are the best as most folk have gone home !!!! nice one mate
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:40 AM   #8
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wonderful pics! thanks for sharing. I dream of riding there someday, I always love watching the tour de france tv coverage of the pyrenees stages, just fantastic looking roads! that beer looks quite good as well!
someday!!!!
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:41 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for the nice comments.

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very nice pictures... How many hours of riding is Calais from the Pyrenees?
It's approx 600 miles from Calais to Toulouse. Wanted to get south of Toulouse on that first day so I was as close to the Pyrenees as possible. I did about 650 miles in total, mainly on the autoroute, so was riding for about 12 hours including breaks etc.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:04 AM   #10
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Hi Tricky

We were down there and the Picos in September on Tiger camping but took the ferry into Santander much easier on the arse
Great area for bikes I love it, nice to see the colors of a later month.

Cheers Steve
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:08 AM   #11
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Fantastic picture.
Thanks for sharing the ride!
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #12
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What might be the posted speed limit on those roads, just in case I get there?
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:42 AM   #13
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Hi Jed
The speed limits here are
Motorways ......130kph and 110kph (80mph and 70mph) ish
Main roads.......90kph and 70kph (60mph and 45mph) ish
Towns.............50kph (30mph) ish
School areas....30kph (20mph) ish

Watch out for the Gendarmes (police) its normally an on the spot fine and if you don't have the cash on you they'll escort you to a cash point

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Old 11-22-2010, 06:15 AM   #14
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Sensible speeds.
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