After getting back on track this morning after yesterday’s mix up we headed off to Aix En Provance for lunch. We both feel we must have missed the good bits after hearing so many positive stories about this town. The down side of being on a bike is having to walk wearing heavy bike gear, especially when temps are around 30degC. This limits your exlporing at times.
After lunch we made our way to Marseille for a well earn cold drink along side the harbour. Marseille is a large shipping town and also heavily catering to tourists.
Weather was was perfect again however the Mitral wind was still blowing hard till later in the day making the riding harder going.
As we approached our destination for the day (Toulon) we came across the famous (well to petrol heads) Paul Richard race circuit. It was an opportunity not to be missed as the roar of engines sucked us in. As we approached the entry we got talking to an official to promptly ushered us through the gates and allowed us grand stand seats when he we explained about our Mad Ride. A bit of self promotion does help at times!
After finally making Toulon we found a simple hotel and ate out at a wonderful local place called Pizzaria Taormina for a well earned beer and Pizza.
After starting out the day just short of Andorra we made it into Andorra central just before lunch. The riding was perfect once again with temps in the low 20’s and clear sky’s with lots of corners to keep us entertained.
We stopped in Andorra for a coffee and a bite to eat before heading out of town towards the French coast. The highest peak we went over was 2,400m and snow was still at the road side in patches! We commented how things will be changing in the coming weeks as we head south.
Following the ride through Andorra we made our way down to our destination for the day, Perpignan, France. The ride was only approx. 320km’s in total today however the level of concentration was high and temps went up to 31degC by mid afternoon, which was very different to what we had experienced this morning with the cool mountain breeze.
The day finished up at a motel with the air conditioning blasting and a cool beer. Now, to do it all again tomorrow.
For those of you wondering how we keep our electrical devices charged (GoPro’s, iPads, helmet com’s etc) we devised a cheeky portable device that is charged off the bike as I ride and can simply be unplugged at the end of the day and used to charge up to 6 USB powered items. Check the pic.
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Today we rode from San Sebastián to Cubells, which is approximately 100km short of Andorra. The ride was nothing short of wonderful, starting at sea leave and making our way up to 1,290m with scenery that made it hard to concentrate on the riding! In the distance we could see snow covered mountains, fortresses on distant hill tops and deep gorges where water flows down to the sea from the mountains.
We covered approximately 500km, all navigated without GPS which certainly added to the entertainment, as it is very easy to simply get carried away with riding and forget where we need to go.
We arrived at Bilbao at 06:45hrs in damp conditions and approx 16degC temps. It was good to be riding on mainland Europe for the first time.
Before leaving Bilbao we made a flying visit to the Guggenheim Museum which is a very interesting building to say the least.
Todays ride was an easy one making our way along the N624 B Road to San Sebastián. The countryside was lush and heavily forested in placed with the mountains rising very sharply and disappearing into the low hanging clouds.
Unfortuntely Garmin GPS device failed to correctly load the Europe maps so we took a crash course in reading Spanish road signs which as it happened worked out ok.
We are finding European drivers very “bike friendly” which adds to the pleasure of riding.
We have stopped at San Sebastián for the night and about to hit the town to sample the local seafood and wine.
Steve and I met up in London last Friday after Steve’s great trip to the Isle Of Mann last week for the TT races.
We are currently in the middle of the channel sailing to Bilbao, Spain. It’s all a bit sureal at present as we ha nothing to do for 36 hrs but to relax and drink the odd beer or two. The sea is perfectly calm and the weather fine.
Tomorrow we arrive at Bilbao and will ride to San Sebastián and see what the the Spain has to offer.
We are also updating our Facebook page as it’s easy to do brief updates due to Internet connectivity issues. Visit us on Facebook at “A Mad Ride London To Sydney” for alternate updates.
Starting to to get excited and ready for what is thrown at us!
Steve has arrived in London on 19th May and has collected the bikes from Felixstowe Port. My aunt who lives near the Port is kindly storing my bike and Steve has his bike with him while staying at relatives.
I shall be arriving in London on 1st June and look forward to catching up with my mate Steve and my bike of course.
Departure date from London is 14th June when we head for the Coast to get a ferry.