June 25th 2017 – 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 … Continue reading June 25th 2017 – La Pierre Saint Martin – Shock and awe on a wonderwall of a climb

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June 24th_27th 2017 – 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 … Continue reading June 24th_27th 2017 – Pamplona to Lourdes – Visiting the Pyrenees and Lourdes is like visiting a little piece of Heaven on Earth

June 23rd 2017 – 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 … Continue reading June 23rd 2017 – Estella to Pamplona – Halfway with Hemingway at the bullring in Pamplona

June 20th_21st 2017 – 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 … Continue reading June 20th_21st 2017 – Burgos to Estella – 2017 is bound to be a vintage year for red wine in the red hot Rioja region of Spain

June 19th_20th 2017 – 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 … Continue reading June 19th_20th 2017 – Leon to Burgos – Fierce heat altogether from the Sun of a Gun in Sahagun