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 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

This week’s photo shows the view of the Basque coastline from the Mirador de Mutriku viewpoint near to Deba. The Basque coastline is very similar to the Amalfi coast in Italy and I must have taken about 50 similar shots to the one above this week. The coastline is incredibly beautiful when the sun is shining but the same sun makes all the climbs here … Continue reading Week 3 – St Jean de Luz to Bilbao – The Basque Country basks and sparkles in the spring sunshine

Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

This week’s photo shows a cycle path through the forest north of Bayonne. The cycle path follows the Camino route and there were numerous signs along the route showing the Camino symbol. In all, I cycled about 300 km through Aquitaine and for at least 200 km, my route was on cycle paths through the coastal forest. It made for some terrific spins and it … Continue reading Week 2.5 – Royan to St Jean de Luz – Getting closer to Spain through Aquitaine

Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

This weeks photo shows a line of yurts at Camping les Misottes in the small seaside resort of Esnandes. Due to rain and tiredness, I stayed at the campsite for 2 nights and for the 2nd night got to stay in one of these yurts courtesy of the campsite owner. I felt like I was on a luxury safari holiday staying in the yurt and … Continue reading Week 2 – Nantes to Royan – Vendee, vidi,vici

Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

This week’s photo shows the Breton flag alongside the European flag in the small medieval village of Malestroit. The town was a delight to visit and it was thronged with tourists when I passed through. It is located on the Nantes – Brest canal which forms part of Eurovelo 1 (also known as Veloodysee) which is the Camino cycle path from Brittany to the border … Continue reading Week 1.5 – Roscoff to Nantes – Brittany is so green it’s as if I never left Ireland

Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin

This week’s photo shows St. James Church in Dublin from where my Camino and the 2017 Tour de Travoy started. For at least 800 years, pilgrims have been making there way from St. James Church and St. James Gate in Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. St. James was one of Christ’s 12 Apostles and his bones are believed to be buried in Santiago. So any … Continue reading Week 1 – Dublin to Roscoff – My Camino gets underway from St. James Church in Dublin

2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

The main aim of the 2017 Tour de Travoy is to complete the Camino from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela. In the Middle Ages, pilgrims would set off from James St. in Dublin and sail by boat to A Coruna in north western Spain before hiking about 60 km from there to Santiago. There are no boats sailing from Dublin to A Coruna nowadays so … Continue reading 2017 Tour de Travoy to feature the Camino, the Pyrenees and Route des Grandes Alpes

Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

(#01 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows Stephan Roche trying to hang on as Pedro Delgado in the Yellow Jersey attacks in the Alps during the 1987 Tour de France. By the time the Tour finished in Paris a few days later, the Yellow Jersey would be on the shoulders of Stephan Roche and not Delgado.  The battle … Continue reading Looking back at the 1987 Tour de France, which was won by Stephen Roche after an epic fightback on the slopes of La Plagne

Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville

(#02 – Top 10 Highlights from 2016 Tour de Travoy) The photo above shows the Irish football team’s manager Mick McCarthy and Irish captain Roy Keane at a training session in Saipan, a small island in the Pacific Ocean. Ireland had gone to Saipan to acclimatize before flying onto Japan and South Korea for the World Cup in 2002. Ireland were making their third appearance … Continue reading Recalling Saipan and the bust-up which split Ireland in two in 2002 while passing through the seaside resort of Deauville