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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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Cycling day 13: On the pilgrims path

Back on the run I had to leave my warmshower friends after Virginie had their accordéon lessons…

It was a relaxed ride to the ferry in Royan I remember from 2013. I met there a dutch couple which on their run to Santiago de Compostella…
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Leaving the ferry I met the two girls who will spent the night at the Warmshowers couple I’ve been…cycling around for ten months… Great! They are also from Munich.
A few kilometers I met a guy I’ve met already in Nantes – so this is a path you’re always crossing again your ways…he is from Britain meeting his daughter tomorrow and cycling down from Cherbourg.
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After having a really short trip – just 60 km – I found my ‘old’ campingsite which I’ve visited 2 years ago on my way to Nice.
And now I’m sitting in the same great restaurant accompanied by cool music and fantastic wines.
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So to all of you – enjoy life, travel, hug your friends and have a good day !
Life can be also short…I’ve had to recognise this while checking my emails yesterday…

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Cycling day 12: Meeting people around the world

So today I had to leave the comfort zone and entering another…but this was nether the less interesting !
I’ve left La Rochelle towards Rochefort as I was looking forward to see the ‘old’ ship ‘Hermionne’ – but as I could find out its at the moment in the new world.

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Afterwards I made a mistake following the EuroVelo 1 which leeds you around a nearby river – but I wanted the use the ‘Trasporteur’ – maybe next time…

But then I met a english couple from Bristol and they are on there way back home via Roscoff – after more than two years.
They’ve seen China, Australia, New Zealand, India and so many other countries you can’t imagine – but now they’re looking forward to get home again.
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Cycling in this county is the completely different than doing it in the Vendée.
They are often signposted ‘after’ the important corners, you can cycle along a motorway, Route National or next to a busy road on a big town…compared to the Vendée it was the difference between day and night.
Also the ground was very often not that solid and nice like the days before…
Perhaps the responsible people should take a lesson in the Vendée – or should be send out without map – could end in a disaster…

But than there was at the end of the day a meeting with some Warmshowers friends where I was allowed to stay one night.
It’s a network for cyclists – like Couchsurfing. So I helped in the garden, Benoît showed me the production of Oysters and in the end we ate about half past 10 – and had really good fun sharing our travel stories…
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So after cycling 95 km also having seen two beavers running over my cyclepath I had a really funny and interesting day…in 7 days this will be my last cycling day…can’t believe it.

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Cycling day 11: Running to La Rochelle

Today I just quickly packed my stuff together, had my usual big breakfast (in french thinking, with muesli and banana) and drove to the next shop to buy something for the day.

As I knew I had to cycle about 115 km I thought there would be an option to shorten it – well in the end it where 120 km in 7:17 h…but good training.
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I’ve passed some friends and the way was most of the time great – you could go really quick – if there weren’t some strong winds – driving the wrong direction, of course 😉
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So in the end I was very happy not to have chosen the campingsite but taken the youthhostel which is great.
I didn’t sleep until midnight checking Couchsurfer and the weather – and it said rain for the next days…

But I was very lucky to arrive in La Rochelle dry and now after having had a great dinner at the hostel I sit on the terrace and enjoy the sundowner…
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