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Old 05-16-2013, 07:23 AM   #46
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we'll be there by the 10th I guess. it's really hard to make out when we'll get where. we've got some distance to cover and a lot of nice places to see. I'll check in here when we're starting the teams Pyrenees from the east
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #47
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we'll be there by the 10th I guess. it's really hard to make out when we'll get where. we've got some distance to cover and a lot of nice places to see. I'll check in here when we're starting the teams Pyrenees from the east
Well, as far as my plans go: I'm meeting some Spanish friends near Teruel over the weekend of June 8/9th and will be heading back to the Pyrenees then. I'm very keen to explore these routes so will be spending a few days maybe at or near to the Bardenas or at least in the Mallos de Riglos, or Ochagavia or somewhere like that.

So we could co-incide if you like. As you say, nearer the time . . .

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The second track starting at the road going from "Valarena" to "Tudela" isn't marked on my map. I'm guessing it'll be obvious once we get there.
You want the track just to the east of the village. It s signposted from the main road that bypasses Valarena so you don't go into the village at all. If you're coming from the North-East just stay on the main road and you'll see the sign.

Don't be put off by the scruffy farmsteads at the beginning of this lane and be very careful of Sunday drivers, coaches, etc. as the lane is narrow and raised above the surrounding terrain in places. In fact I would always recommend entering and exiting the park from then northern 'spur' it's just so much more dramatic!

And now - at last!









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Old 05-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #48
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"Sos de Los Reyes Catolicos" looks nice.

I think i'm starting to get it. The northern spur you're talking about is a track that starts less than one km to the west of Carcastillo from the Na-5500 direction SW for the first 6km shortly after that entering the park and leading to the loop.

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:35 PM   #49
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"Sos de Los Reyes Catolicos" looks nice.

I think i'm starting to get it. The northern spur you're talking about is a track that starts less than one km to the west of Carcastillo from the Na-5500 direction SW for the first 6km shortly after that entering the park and leading to the loop.

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Yes and no! The entrance is off the NA 128 between Carcastillo and Sádaba roughly half way and on the Navarre side of the frontier.

It's a bit notorious for being diffucult to find - I got lost last time turning off the road too soon But there's a sign on the main road. I wrote the trip up on my blog last year and put the correct route on the Googlemap!

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Old 05-21-2013, 07:02 AM   #50
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My opinion..RT et al ref northern France is correct.




Your route looks great...Verdon Gorges has some great roads and views( I was there a couple of weekends ago)

The good thing about the Pyrenees is that it's not packed full of tourists/camping cars etc the way the Alpes are so you can cruise along nicely.

Cirque de Gavernie on your map...I'd try for Cirque de Troumouse instead. Well worth the ride up past the restaurant on your left hand side when riding up ....park at the top car park and dander off for a picnic. (Some people think that when they get to the restaurant that that's it)

Very scenic,although it's a dead end road, and you'll pay a couple of euros to get to it. A great ride that not too many think or know about.





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Old 05-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #51
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thanks!
i'll look into it
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:42 PM   #52
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Yip...instead of turning right at Gedre and going to Gavernie turn left and go on to Troumouse...They're both great rides but IMO Troumouse is more scenic.


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Old 05-22-2013, 01:26 AM   #53
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by the way. are there any unforgettable camping spots anyone knows of? a spot with a view would be nice.
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....I don't know of many as I haven't camped here...(because I live here if that makes sense)

Have a look at;

http://www.campingo.com/camping-france.htm


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Old 05-24-2013, 01:38 AM   #55
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looks like the weather is not going to cut us any slack. hope it'll improve by next week
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Yip...

For info.

I use www.lachainemeteo.com as it's usually quite accurate.

Enter your town and you can get a 12 day forecast.

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Old 05-29-2013, 12:19 PM   #57
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prepped the routes. come Friday we set sail!

thanks for all the info.

if anyone has a spot in their yard where we can spend the night it's not too late to show us your hospitality :)

@simon: I'll be checking in once in a while to let you know when we'll be at bardenas

weather in France looks horrible, we'll feel right at home
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:56 AM   #58
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by the way. are there any unforgettable camping spots anyone knows of? a spot with a view would be nice.
Camping Castillo de Loarre is one of the best - handy for the Bardenas too :)

Alquezar the camping itself is lovely. Although it hasn't got views as such the old Moorish village is stunning and only a few hundred metres walk - excellent restaurants in the village and handy for the Sierra de Guarra, which is well off the beaten track but worth the detour.

A note about Alquezar in particular and in general: pay the night before you leave - the reception doesn't open until 10.00 and the girl also opens the filling station opposite at the same time - result? ABSOLUTE CHAOS!

I'm setting off tomorrow too, leaving my pad in the Pyrenees bound for the mountains of Teruel so we're ships that pass in the night!

Have a great time in Las Bardenas - it looks like you've brought a change in the weather - thanks! But it's still snowing on the north side of the Pyrenees tonight

Cheers and ride safe!

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:40 AM   #59
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we'll be leaving for bardenas from
cap de creus on friday so i'll guess we'll make it there by The 10th. give or take a day.

hope your in the same weather we've been having!
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:04 AM   #60
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senterada, leaving for huesca. weather is forcing us to skip the scenic route.
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