25 May 2005

Home.

After a ridiculously long day of airplane travel yesterday (the 24th), we have returned from our cycling odyssey. I have put up a whack of new photos and will continue to do so for the next few days, so check back again. To all of our Vancouver friends, we will see you soon!

Avignon in the evening, from the campground. Posted by Hello

The incredible Fauvist blue of the Mediterranean sky. In El Port De La Selva.  Posted by Hello

Cadaques and the Mediterranean. About to start a fast descent. Olive tree farm in the foreground. Posted by Hello

Heading through a limestone tunnel near Hecho, Spain.  Posted by Hello

Approaching Jasa, Spain. Posted by Hello

24 May 2005


A good vista near Banyuls-sur-mer in the French Mediterranean.  Posted by Hello

In Cadaques with our new friends Pablo and Caroline. Pablo, an expert mechanic, had just tuned up all of our bikes by hand (including truing the wheels!) Posted by Hello

A windy 12 km descent in the Pireneos. Posted by Hello

Finding the way out of town. Posted by Hello

Carolyn and an amigo. Posted by Hello

The incrediblely scenic village of Anso in the Spanish Pirineos. Posted by Hello

In the Basque town of St.Jean-Pied-de-PortPosted by Hello

21 May 2005

Avignon.

After a day of hurricane force winds and rain that found us holed up in a campground on the Med in Spain, we made our triumphant return to France. A couple of days of great (but hot) cycling saw us in Narbonne. We decided to take a train to Avignon to drink in some of the Rhone region sites before taking the high-speed train to Paris tomorrow (the 22nd). We have separated forces with Dave and Jen and are in full relaxation mode now that the cycling is over; we will be able to swap stories with them when they pass through Vancouver on their way home to Whitehorse.
We will miss our idyllic French lifestyle. More photos to come when we find a better computer.

16 May 2005

In Cadaques.

Quick post. We're on the Mediterranean and about to reenter France. We plan to cycle north as far as we can and then take a train to Paris. Two days in Paris to drink in the sights, and home! Having a great time in Spain with Dave and Jen, drinking cava, the local speciality, a sparkling white wine.

12 May 2005

In Spain, the dream team.

Hola! We made it to meet Jen and Dave in the Spanish Pyrenees. The last few days of mountains have been great and tiring. We are currently in Jaca and contemplating a train ride to the Mediterranean coast for a few days of relaxed cycling and sun. We have travelled over 1200 km!

The dream team in the Spanish Pirineos. Posted by Hello

Loading the baguette for a long stretch. Posted by Hello

Climbing in the Pyrenees. In Spain. Posted by Hello

07 May 2005

In the Basque region, the Pyrenees in the distance.

The last few days have been intense but wonderful. Yesterday saw us cycling 120 km, through Armagnac country (the centre for the brandy that is fermented once, unlike Cognac, which is fermented twice). We also passed through the Bordeaux wine growing region, and we have been enjoying the Haut-M├ędoc wine. We are in sight of the Pyrenees and the views are becoming ever more expansive. This is Basque country; the architecture in the little towns is looking much more Spanish. We passed our first town with an active bullfighting arena today (St. Clicq). Our cycle computer says that we are close to having cycled 1000 kilometres on our journey so far.
We meet Dave and Jen on the 10th in Burguete, Spain (a favourite town of Hemingway's). Love to all.

03 May 2005

In Perigord verte.

The last few days have been very hilly, through lots of forest and farmland. We are in the heart of prehistory in Perigord; the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux and Eyzies-de-Tayac are in this region. Yesterday, we stopped at a 2nd century Gallo-Roman archaeological dig at Chassenon. We are making good time on our velos and beginning to feel like Lance Armstrong. The weather continues to be very hot and clear.
We are now in the town of Brantome, the 'Venice' of the Perigord.

Brantome. Posted by Hello

The magnificient chateau at Chauvigny. Posted by Hello

Inside the medieval chateau at Rochecouart. Posted by Hello

Carolyn and the hay bails of the Vienne. Posted by Hello

The chateau at Chauvigny at night. Posted by Hello

Our first flat tire. Posted by Hello