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Sep 20, 2019 - Day 21 Bayonne to Hendaye

Highlights - Heavy morning traffic as we left Bayonne but we were on separated bike paths next to the river so sailed past as cars at a standstill - mostly separate bike path except some roads after Biarritz and even more after St Jean de Luz - Heavy sun ‘shower’ as we left Biarritz - Great beaches and lovely views for much of the way - Morning tea stop in Bidart in town square. Cute little town - Lunch in cafe terrasse in St Jean de Luz. I liked the feel if this town more than Biarritz. It was interesting with a large fishing port and...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Day 20 A day in Bayonne

A quiet rest day in Bayonne Stayed in the apartment for much of the day except a quick trip to the local minimart to get washing detergent. . Did the washing and finally got the travel journal up to date whilst I had good wifi. We spent a lot of time trying to find accommodation for our night as we ride over the Pyrenees. Went out later for a walk through the old town area and a galette dinner at a crepe place. Yum yum

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Sep 18, 2019 - Day 19. Léon to Bayonne

Bayonne Highlights - bike paths again the whole way - Tom had a little fall when he was almost stationary and couldn’t uncleat. Was it the dampness in the air that locked the cleat? No damage done except a small graze on his knee. No blood! Phew. - Stopped in another surf cafe for morning tea. They made proper coffee and Tom had a flat white. Rarely seen in France. I tried to get a coffee milkshake ( they made chocolate/ strawberry milkshakes) but only an iced coffee was possible, despite the employee being a brutish guy. Oh well) -...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Day 18 Sainte Eulalie-en-Born to Leon

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW Highlights - At last set off early in the fog and before the heat set in and made very good time to get to our first planned stop. Had a bit of a ‘race’ with a local man presumably riding to work in the next town. All good fun for the 3 of us. - The path climbed up and down for 8km over several large forested hills (sand dunes) , before we got to the coast. Then followed the coast for most of the day again around or over dunes with lots of pine trees. Very pleasant cycling. - Stopped in Contis-Plage for morning tea at a...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Day 17 La Teste de Buch to Sainte Eulalie-en-Born

PHOTOS TO FOLLOW Highlights - started learn to get photos of oyster huts and boats before leaving - About 10km of separated bike path next to a road running though pine forests - Lots of ups and downs for first half of day as the path went over the constant sand dunes. Saw the famous Pilat Dune. Lots of very white sand! - Trail left the road and wandered through forests and scrub for much of rest of day. This was either near beaches or around lakes. Plenty of holiday areas with large camp grounds very quiet at this time of the year. -...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Day 16 Bordeaux to La Teste de Buch

Highlights - got away early but still took a while to get out of Bordeaux. Surprising amount of traffic for Sun morning. - Bike route or separated bike paths much of way out - then followed a very long and unbelievably straight road all the way to La Teste. - Dropped our things at the accommodation and after a shower took out bikes out to explore and find some dinner. - Great little oyster production port with lots of oyster huts where you could buy directly from the oyster farmer - Shared a dozen fresh oysters and glass of wine each...

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Sep 12, 2019 - Day 13 Fontet to Bordeaux

Highlights - delicious breakfast with the other 4 guests - a swarm of gardeners descended on the property as we were leaving today. - some nice country roads although quite a lot of up and down - Had lunch at a brasserie in Sauveterre - Cycled the rest of the way to Bordeaux (57km) most of which was on a rail trail (Roger Lapébie vélo route) Varied scenery with lots of shady trees either side of the route. We even passed through a tunnel. This route also had quite a bit of climbing but the gradient was very doable. We were really hanging...

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Sep 11, 2019 - Day 12 Tonneins to Fontet

Highlights - quick tour through Tonneins market as we set off - most of the day was spent cycling along the canal latéral à la Garonne. First time we’ve seen lots of other cyclists. Most of them without paniers and probably off the holiday barges also going along the canal. - Easy cycling and very pleasant pottering along. - Coffee at a boulangerie and lunch at a picnic table beside a lock. - a short day of cycling which was dictated by the accommodation that we had found for today. - Tom took advantage of the pool and had a quick dip....

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Sep 10, 2019 - Day 11 Villeneuve to Tonneins

Highlights - started ride with a steep climb to Pujols, a very cute walled medieval village (high up). Impressed other tourists with out clim and they congratulated us on our endurance ( with the paniers! - Main crops today were Fruit trees and corn. Tom has decided France survives on corn there is so much growing! - Finally saw plums being harvested. A machine grabbed the trunk and shook the bejesus out of each tree, which was too much for the poor plums who then let go and fell into a huge apron spread out beneath. The apron folded and...

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Sep 9, 2019 - Day 10 Prayssac to Villeneuve -sur-Lot

OHighlights - probably my favourite day of cycling so far this trip. - Great scenery,quiet roads, wonderful fruit - Lots of walnut, fig and plum trees. And grapes of course - Loved the fresh figs, then we came across the first of many plum orchards. Had to try some and they were the sweetest and nicest plums I’ve ever eaten. Picked 4 for lunch ! - Coffee stop at a wonderful bakery outside Fumel - Lunch later in St Sylvestre next to river - After lunch the route sign marking deteriorated greatly. Pity, it has been wonderful...

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Nov 28, 2018 - Castillonnes

Our attention was then focused on the Dordogne region which had any number of small towns and villages to keep us occupied. As it was a long drive we broke up the run with overnight stops in Orange, Montbrison and Uzerche. Of these Uzerche was the big surprise with its old world charm and great architecture. That was one of the best stopovers especially with the presence of Mumbo, our host's gorgeous puppy. Le Puy was another standout with amazing ancient buildings perched on top of tall rock outcrops and then Brantome and Saint-Viance...

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Oct 8, 2018 - Cromagnon and the Grad Roc

Monday took us on a 1.5 hour ride through the French countryside to Les Eyzies to visit the Museum of Prehistoric History. Before we did that, though, we went to the Monday market and I bought a tablecloth in the pattern pictured, plus one in the colors of blue and gold. Wonder why? The museum kicked us out at 12:30 so they could have their long, leisurely lunch until they reopened at 2:00pm. What did we do? We hightailed it to a restaurant, managing to snag a table before the entire occupants of a tour bus took all the seats. We all...

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