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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…




Part two: Cruising along the Atlantic Sea – St. Nazaire to Arcachon

Finally after some problems to download my tracks to the GPS now here comes part two of my journey starting in several days…

First I’ll have a look at my beloved St. Brevin-les-pins where I’ve been already some times starting my cycling trips. The first impressions of the coast and what I’m looking forward – the best bread and ice cream I’ve had on my 19.000 km I’ve been cycling now… The old harbour of Pornic.

Next stop is the Ile d’Noirmoutier with it’s tricky ‘Passage du Gois’ – crossing a 4 km long road to the island – but only by bike when there is low tide 😉

Up now we’ve got the famous beach of Le Sables-d’Olonne where there is a nice camping at the end of the town.

A highlight of this area is of course La Rochelle with it’s old harbour and Marine Museum. Here I’d like to stay the second rest-day, if possible with Couchsurfing or Warmshowers friends.

Going on travelling along the EuroVelo 1 down the south here comes  Rochefort and after the outstanding beach Andrew described on his blog cyclingeurope.org I’ll reach the ferry in Royan to follow an old pilgrims route, the EuroVelo 3 wich comes from Tours crossing the country.

Next Highlight after about 200 km will be the Bassin of Arcachon with it’s famous (but for an vegetarian uninteresting) seafood and shells.

 And here we’ve got the route…



Counting down – 3 weeks to leave Paris

I can´t believe it – in only 3 weeks time I´m going to leave Paris accompanied by a good friend who live there heading towards Orléans.

I will continue by myself visiting again the wonderful river Loire I´ve been cycling in 2010  to St. Nazaire.
This cycling-path is also called the EuroVelo 6 from the atlantic coast to the black sea.

Here I´m going to follow the EuroVelo 1 heading south on the “Vélodysée” along the coast approaching Bordeaux wich I´ve been visiting two years ago in 2013 on my way to Nice.

But this time my recumbentbike, the trailer and me we are going to see the countryside heading towards Pau and then let the wheels running down to Bayonne.
Finally there will be – hopefully – some time to relax at the wonderful beach to the way to Hendaye where I´m going to take the train back to Paris.

Looking forward to this great journey – if you got any ideas what to visit – just let me know!