Week 8 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

This week’s photo shows me at the summit of the Col du Tourmalet. At 2,115m, the Col du Tourmalet is the highest pass in the Pyrenees and one of the highest in France. It really is an epic climb which gets steeper and steeper the higher you climb. It was the number 1 climb on my bucket list and the climb I was looking forward … Continue reading Week 8 – Col du Tourmalet – Mountain high, revving deep on the number 1 climb on my bucket list

Week 8 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne

This week’s photo shows a old picture from the Tour de France on a small shed in Bagneres de Bigorre. I have no idea who is in the photo or when it was taken but I would guess it is from the 30’s looking at the two bottles on the bike’s handlebars and the type of car following the cyclist. I don’t know but would … Continue reading Week 8 – Lourdes to Carcassonne – I bid adieu to the Pyrenees and get in the zone to get to Carcassonne

Week 7 – La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

La Pierre Saint Martin is where Chris Froome produced shock and awe to decimate his rivals in the first mountain stage of the 2015 Tour de France. Shock and awe too when I climbed the same mountain from Arette on a mild Sunday afternoon in June 2017.  Shock at getting to the top within my target time of 2 hours and awe at some of … Continue reading Week 7 – La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

Week 7 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

This week’s photo shows the Notre Dame basilica above the Grotto in Lourdes with the mountains of the Pyrenees in the background. 2 weeks and 2 days after leaving Santiago in north-western Spain, I arrived in Lourdes. It was like going from the tourist hell on Earth that is Santiago to a little piece of heaven on Earth that is Lourdes. I had spent 3 … Continue reading Week 7 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

Week 7 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

This week’s photo shows me beside the Ernest Hemingway statue outside the bull-ring in Pamplona. I had cycled roughly 3,000 km to get to Pamplona and I was roughly at the halfway point on this year’s Tour de Travoy. It was Hemingway that put Pamplona on the map when he went to the San Fermin festival here in 1923 and later wrote about the Running … Continue reading Week 7 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

Week 7 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

This week’s photo shows some vineyards near the small town of Ventosa in the Rioja region of Spain. Rioja is famous for it’s red wine but when I visited the region, it was it’s red hot heat that I will remember the most. In this northern part of Spain, it rarely goes above 30 degrees in June but not so this year.  The heat may … Continue reading Week 7 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

Week 6 – Leon to Burgos – Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun

This week’s photo above shows a poster for a heavy metal band alongside a poster for a bullfight in the bull-ring in Sahagun.  Both the band and the bull look quite fierce but not half as fierce as the heat from the sun in Sahagun. It was close to 40 degrees when I arrived at the town’s campsite around mid-day. I have never stopped as … Continue reading Week 6 – Leon to Burgos – Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun