Category Archives: From Arcachon to Hendaye

Following the EuroVelo 1 along the atlantic coast to Biarritz and finally to Hendaye

Cycling day 16: Welcome in Espagnol after 1.567 km

This morning was a little lazy as I knew I had only 46 km to do…so after shopping I’ve met my cycling friend from England I’ve seen already several times…he is on his 12 months journey from England down to Gibraltar along the coast and than heading East to Italy, Greece, Romania, Austria and Germany.

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As we had a coffee another cyclist came across so we stood there chatting till midday and exchanging travel stories – of course with the help of the EuroVelo map.

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So we started our trip – but these were the hardest kilometers on the trip, like Brittany up and down but in an outstanding countryside.

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Finally we’ve visited the cliffs next to the busy street not far away from Hendaye.
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So we arrived in Hendaye and I travelled on to Hondarribia/Spain.
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I’ve met also a lady from Germany – she was cycling with this trike on her way to Santiago de Compostella.
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It’s a fantastic city, full of life and young and old people hanging around on the streets talking, drinking and laughing. Kids are playing, small bars and restaurants wherever you look…I could have stayed there the whole night – even if I didn’t understand a single word…

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Tomorrow I’ll take the train back to Paris…

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Cycling day 16: Through the woods from Mimizan Plage to Anglet

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Today was a long ride through the woods – as I found out that the weatherforecast was saying rain for my last rest-day I decided to look for a youthhostel.
So I had to do 115 km and came along a surf spot where I met a austrian couple with a VW bus on their way to Portugal.

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The way through Bayonne wasn’t that funny as you’ve had to take a big road with a lot of traffic.

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But in the end I found an old fine hostel in Anglet and a french cyclist and some young folks we spent a wonderful evening together cooking and going down to the beach.
So tomorrow on Wednesday I’ve got my day off and the following day just to cycle about 45 km top Hendaye…

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Cycling day 15: Departure from the Dune – Part three of my journey

So this morning we had also no sun for a nice picture of the Dune…but I’ve chatted with my neighbours from Paris – they’re also heading to Hendaye but with a tandem and my trailer.

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So I’ve got an extra for the day – a cooked egg what you doesn’t get in France for breakfast.
Than I’ve just cleaned my dishes – and there it started to rain…of course I hadn’t packed everything because of the nice chat I was running back to the tent.
So use the time you’re given and I wrote some postcards.

Riding along the new path was a great pleasure as it leaded me – surprise – through the woods, until now more or less flat.
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But than came a point remind me of my trip to the Bretagne – 10 % ascent !
Usually no problem but if you’ve got a trailer with 34 kg (including 3 l of water) then you are happy about a flat way.
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Finally I’ve reached the aim of today – Mimizan Plage which is a small touristic place where after 20:00 h nearly everything is closed – but the oceanfront is open !
So I’ve had my first bath in the atlantic sea and it was much warmer than I thought.
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At the end of this post I’d like to recommend you the following blog which is about an english couple on a tandem.
They’re in Usbekistan at the moment and the pictures and his writing is fantastic – have a look !
She’s not pedalling on the back

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Part Three: From Arcachon to Hendaye

So we’ve now got the last 250 km to the spanish border wich will take me away from the Dune du Pilat to Hendaye.

Here I’ll have beautiful beaches and also the chance of visiting Biarritz which is famous for its nice Old Town and the surfing opportunities. There is also a youthhostel – called Auberge de Jeunesse – where the best surfers will have their Basecamp…

Finally there is a hotel booked already and a TGV will bring me back to Paris where I’m going to stay a last night in France.

I’m really looking forward to this holiday and may invite you to follow me virtually on this trip.

Perhaps we’ll meet up in France somewhere on a pisté cyclable…you never know…


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