Freitag, 20. Mai 2016

Day 40: Barcelona

In Andorra: Pas de la Casa

This is where Le Tour de France goes

I made it to the top of Port d'Envalira

The capital: Andorra la Vella

 View to Coll de Nargó

In the morning: Not far to the final destination

 Barcelona - seen from Serra de Collserola

Famous La Rambla leads from Plaça de Catalunya to the harbor.

New Barcelona - on my way to the airport.

Sonntag, 15. Mai 2016

Day 37: Pyrénées-Orientales

Through the Camargue to Aigues-Mortes

I reached the Mediterranean at Le Grau-du-Roi

following the Canal du Rhône à Sète ...

... to the lighthouse

 Tourism at La Grand-Motte (exists since 1974)

I am now following the beaches of la Grande Bleue

Following La Canal du Midi pour un petite peu

From Narbonne, there is a small route to Ile Set Lucie / Port-la-Nouvelle

Little windy here - reminds me a bit of of Patagonia

At Leucate, close to Perpignan, I could see the Pyrénées (Pyrenees)

 I am climbing

Mittwoch, 11. Mai 2016

Day 32 Arles, France

This post will cover my way from Rieti, in the North of Rome, to Arles in the South of France. 

After two days of rain in the Apennin mountsins, I continued east. 

Riding the old Italian salt road, the mountains are not that high. 

Finally, I made it to the Adriatic Sea. 

I needed to cross Italy as I wanted to visit  San Marino, the second new country on this journey. 
Again, it was raining a lot towards this litte country, that is completely surrounded by Italy.

Always welcome on rainy episodes, the destination is located on a hill. 
View from up there.

Next stop was Firenze, where I visited a good friend, Chistine. She runs a nice B&B "Il Mulo".

We spent two great days, I relaxed and saw a little of Firence. 

I had chosen the way though the hilly backcountry to get to Genua. Even so, this did meant more climing, I like the ride   like that. 

Though the route of the Giro d'Italia

I made my way to France. 

I did a quick lap at the Formula 1 Grand Prix track in 10:42. 

The Côte d'Azur is beautiful, I made my way quite quick (with tons of tailwind :) through Cannes, Nice and Marseille (the latter I liked the most). 

Now, I am in Arles, which yesterday was sunny, 

but today convinced me with bad weather for a restday.