Cycling the Atlantic coast of Europe from north to south during the summer of 2017. View the archive, the route so far, or donate to MSF.

Viva Espagne

By Stuart Lowe on

It is frustrating when a campsite charges me the same amount as two people in a motorhome or caravan. I use fewer resources and less space. I also had to wait until 10am for the reception to open and then the 15 minutes of French paperwork.

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Cap Breton

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A bike lane or an assault course?

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The French war to put the most vegetables in soup.

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I think this was Bayonne

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Near Biarritz

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Biarritz

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Biarritz

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Biarritz, bike, and me

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First glimpse of distant mountains

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View from Bidart

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Loose gravel and a 30 pc gradient. I'm back in the land of bike route planners who hate people on bikes.

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Saint Jean-de-Luz

I crossed my second land border of the trip. This one had a sign marking the occasion. I crossed the bridge into Spain.

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Entering Spain

After a few days of flatness, I suddenly had to climb a 455m hill. Spain is giving me a taster of the next few days.

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View from the top back across to France.

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Looking north up across the Bay of Biscay

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Looking west towards what is to come.

Having trouble finding campsites so I had to go for a hostel. That used up all of today's budget and some of tomorrow's.

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My bike is locked up down there. I hope it is OK overnight.