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Old 05-13-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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9 Days in France and the Pyrenees

Just got back after a 9 day tour of France, the Pyrenees, a bit of Northern Spain and Andorra.

All the pictures are here and even though i say it myself some crackers. I have captioned them all

What a trip simply incredible and all planned at the very last minute, i had a free week so i loaded up the tent, changed the oil, bombed off down to Dover and went with LD Lines from Dover to Boulogne 35 pounds return.

I decided to stay on D Roads all the way down so i did not use any motorways or N Roads, i basically planned where i was going to go from a Michelin map each morning sticking to as many D Roads with the green road of outstanding beauty markings as possible. This was a great plan as in reality i seemed to make as good time as if i had been using the N Roads which are much busier and more Police, i did not see any police !!!

The weather was great all the way down, i went via the Dordogne which is very beautiful area and then ended in the Pyrenees which were breathtaking, i then headed to Andorra which was a huge dissapointment basically a valley with 1 road and lots of apartments, mind you spectacular mountains going back into France.

I then headed back to Carcassone, then the new Millau bridge (incredible) then the highlight of the trip the Tarn Gorge and Cervennes Corniche ( recently voted as the best bike road in France by Moto Journal) it was unbelievable like a race track for about 50km,s perfect bends and perfect surface.

Then i headed back up North, which is ok but a bit flat and featureless and it always seems to be very windy. South of the Loire river in my opinion is best.

I camped every night in municipal sites, and for food i had the wayfarer boil in the bags which they used in the Long Way Round, they were really good very impressed apart from money for beer and petrol that was about it the V Strom does 60mpg, did the whole trip for 300 pounds.

Incredible memories and a superb experience.
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Old 05-13-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Beautiful shots!

I spent 3wks in and around Pau several years ago. Beautiful area - will be back someday - hopefully on a bike!

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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I was there just last August. The Pyrenees are awesome. We stayed in the Basque country (64) in a farm house built in 1839 in Aldudes (Les Aldudes).
(on the right next to the old mill wheel)

+1 on Andora being a let down but St. Sebastian & Pamplona more than made up for it.

Can hardly wait to go back
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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Some beautiful pictures.........

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:08 PM   #5
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Beautiful country. Hopefully someday I will be able to schedule a ride in France and the neighboring countries. Let me guess you ride and love your V-STROM
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:20 PM   #6
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Great pics, brings back lots of memories.

Did a similar trip a year ago, loved the Gorge du Tarn, agree with you about Andorra, a big let down. Instead of riding back through France we rode through the Spanish Pryenees, then sailed from Santander to Plymouth.

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Old 05-13-2009, 04:25 PM   #7
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Beautiful France! Thanks for the link to the eye candy for us flat landers over here..

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Old 05-13-2009, 05:32 PM   #8
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Great photos Shep. Can be tough for most of us yanks to remember there's still snow around in May.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:16 PM   #9
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Great pictures! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:41 PM   #10
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What was the daily temperature range, especially in the mountains? Have any problems?
Looks like a great trip.
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Old 05-14-2009, 01:29 AM   #11
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That is a good question in Andorra in the valley it was 29 centigrade at the top of the pass going back into France it was 2 centigrade, that was something that i really found strange the huge temperature differences.

I agree too many pics with the bike, i guess i was after a point of focus.

if any of you are in France head for the Cervennes Corniche close to Millau unbelievable biking road, best iu have ever been down by a long way
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:23 AM   #12
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Beautiful shots to be sure.

In Sept this year 4 of us are flying into Barcelona from Seattle and renting GS boxers and riding for 7 days. We are experienced mountain road travelers.

Start and end is Barcelona, and Andorra is a must. Our rough plan is to cross from Spain to France multiple times as we head NW along the axis of the Pyrenees. Return leg to Barcelona, probably a more direct route.

Assuming 4 days out and 2-3 days return leg.

What are some of the major passes / towns / sights / stops you would recommend we see?

Thank you in advance,
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:31 AM   #13
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very nice. I like france also been there 5 times.

3 times to see the tour de france.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:09 AM   #14
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I am no expert and tend to make it up as i go along each day, in my humble opinion the area in the centre of the Pyrenness is best the national park area to the south of Lourdes, although i personally dont think much of Lourdes. The whole of this area is stunning, Andorra was giant dissapointment personally would not bother, Biarittz is a pretty little place to visit as the furthest point away fromm Barcelona.

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