Reflections

I started this blog a good few years ago but probably not for the reason most people would imagine. I have always enjoyed writing and would have loved to have written a book but sadly I do not have the patience or the ability. My brother Ivan, 11 years my senior, was a brilliant cabinet…

Col du Pourtalet

On our trip down to Portugal we managed to ride a couple of cols in the Pyrenees that are Tour de France favourites, continuing our journey we crossed into Spain over the Col du Pourtalet and it was spectacular,  so much so that I opted to return by the same route so we could ride…

A Couple of Cols In The Pyrenees On The Way South

Col De Tourmalet For the last three nights in the motorhome we had heard a solitary Tawny owl but last night we had the whole parliament going throughout the night and what a beautiful sound they make, haunting but also very soothing.A rather chilly but clear start as the sunrise lit the sky red, reflecting…

La Seguiniere to Les Herbieres

A positively chilly start at 12c but with a clear  blue sky it shouldn’t take long to warm up. This mornings ride is to the South West of Cholet to Les Herbieres and a sub 50 mile round trip to get us back by lunchtime. Another day of beautiful back roads, country lanes, grass, maize,…

La Seguiniere to Clisson

After a day cycling around Vannes and Carnac we were looking for some routes that would avoid traffic and main roads so a stop at a Camping Car Parks site just to the West of Cholet should tick that box. Two weeks earlier we had cycled through Clisson and enjoyed the area so I plotted…

Friday Night To Eastbourne

A new ride on “The Fridays ” calendar caught my attention, London to Eastbourne would be a 70 mile ride and if I should ride home a 150 mile round trip. A bit longer and hillier than most of the rides they do and It sat nicely between two holidays. A mid July night ride…

Bilbao to Deba

Thursday 27th June Bilbao to Morga. Sun and blue sky with a temperature of 18c and a forecast high of 40c , luckily a leisurely start as today’s ride was only 27 miles due to the rearrangement of our ferry crossing. The hotel breakfast selection was fit for a king so given our short day…