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4PE1501 Pyrenees Extreme

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 | Angela | Europe

Adieu Luz-Saint-Sauveur and up to more serious riding.

First thing in the morning was up the Col the Tourmalet, one of the most challenging passes of the Tour de France

On top there were some Lamas chasing up Steve

In Arrau we happened to arrive just in time for the farmer's market. So plans for lunch in a restaurant were thrown over board and instead each of us bought some typical French delicacies, stored them on the bikes and off we went to find a good spot in the mountains on the border between Spain and France.

The Canadians even brought some music!

We all just loved it

Well, serious riding in combination with good food justifies a power nap

Chris and Meredith in full swing

Curve after curve on the way to Ax-le-Thermes with a stop on top of each pass to rest our butts

Day 4 from Pamplona over the border into France

I am missing the words to describe the beauty of the landscape and of today's ride into Luz-Saint-Saveur, France.

Passing the hikers on the Saint-James-Way and the bicyclists on some of the famous Toour de France passes we only had eyes for the twisties in the stunning remote areas of the French Pyrenees.

The mountains are greener on the French side

Peter soaking in the amazing views

So are John, Chris and Meredith

Oops - oncoming traffic

Delicious lunch somewhere in the middle of French nowhere

Col d'Aubisque, a pass that has already been part of the Tour de France many times.

Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Pyrenees Extreme... eme... eme... eme... the engines of our motorcycles seem to echo while we are riding on those small sweeping roads through the Pyrenees mountains.

It's a continuous left-right dance which turns you into a "curvaholic" after only one day already

With only the essential luggage on our bikes we meanwhile have arrived in Pamplona and spent our rest day here. But guess what you do on a ride-4-fun tour's rest day... ? Correct, you go for a full day's spin with one of the most beautiful rides of the tour - at least that is what we can judge so far  

Christoph from Tirol, Austria on one of the mountain roads in the greater Barcelona area. Christoph, Thomas and Michael know each other already from the Machu Pichu Tour and now have decided to explore the Pyrenees in Spain and France together again.

Lunch stop at the Cortona fortification on top of the city's striking rock

  At average temperatures of around 28ºC (82ºF) ice cream is just the right thing to be worth stopping the "dance with the motorcycle"

  The first night we spent in the Monastir de les Avellanes. It serves as a kind of "hotel" also for people who don't belong to the monastery.

Briefing in the monastery's courtyard - and off we roar  

  On top of the first pass of day 2

Meredith from Baltimore, our courageous female rider on tour and John, Peter, Don and Steve from Canada were enjoying the view  

Well, how can a tour not be fantastic with such great people? Great fun riding with Thomas from Kufstein and Michael from Dresden. Steve and Meredith in the background  

  At the Monastir de San Juan de la Peña, which has been built right into the rock!

And here is Chris, also from Canada.

There are countless religious places all over the country. No doubt, they are worth to be seen. Usually with a nice place to have a coffee not far away

Day 2 brought us into Pamplona. Here are our "bulls" Thomas, Christoph and Michael in the streets of Pamplona

San Sebastian at the Bay of Biscay offers lots of bars with an especially big selection of tapas! Buen provecho, Meredith  

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Angela
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 17:28

Hi to all the extremer's
I am glad to hear that all of you have arrived safely back home.
Touring with you was a blast and I am catching myself thinking of the fantastic time in the Pyrenees again and again. Especially now comparing with the roads in the Alps I am missing that never ending curve-after-curve game
Thanks for the big joy, I am looking forward to staying in contact and riding with you again any place any time.
P.S. Peter, you're right no "entrance" tickets necessary next time
Peter
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 21:42

WOW...my 2nd Edelweiss trip, and both were amazing. Great organization. Had a wonderful, relaxing, scary, invigorating, trip. Great group of people. Looking forward to trip # 3. Hope to ride with you all again. no tickets next time
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 16:50

This tour changed my life! What a great time with fantastic company. I'm home safely in the States but very much missing the Pyrenees and my new friends! Bon voyage. Hasta la vista. Passen Sie auf sich auf.
Chris
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 12:02

Hey Wim,
Good to hear from you, hope you and your family are well. Having a great time in the Pyrenees with Angela. Hope to ride with you again soon. Have a great summer
Chris
Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 09:03

Hey Extreme Bikers!
And hey Chris! Great to see you back on the road for another Extreme tour. No better way to compare Alps and Pyrenees than by some serious motorcycling!
Safe travels
Wim

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