Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Leaving Niort it was raining - but it soon stopped and we had a pleasant ride down throughout the east of France. This is very fertile country and we saw lots of fields of barley, wheat, and vineyards. The best for me were the fields of sunflowers - welcome to the sunshine. Unfortunately after Toulouse it started to rain again - quite a lot. But once we got to the Pyrenees it stopped. We got higher and higher into the mountains and into the clouds. We were missing the scenery - but what a glorious sight when we cleared the clouds. We stopped for a photo...


Destination today was Soldeu - we are staying in the Hotel Himalais. Soldeu is very pleasant, but is too quiet, and closes everything down too early. The ride up here was a bit scary - lots of hairy hairpin bends. Pat loved these, but I was a bit slow - the locals obviously don't like bikers riding slowly, they are clearly told that they should drive up close behind bikes to make them go faster. Tomorrow is a long day - 500 miles await. But it will be worth it to get to Roma and the girls in Murcia.

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