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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 13-14: From Montalivet to Arcachon

Finally I’ve visited the Dune du Pilat today – as I’ve missed it two years ago.

But let’s start from yesterday…after having a sunny breakfast I’ve been covered by rain and thunder…just half an hour were enough to get everything wet…

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I’ve been cycling along the Atlantic without seeing it as you’re riding through the woods…but I’ve knew this already.
Luckily I’ve asked a Warmshowers couple, Sylvie and Bernard, for a night to stay so we had a great chat of travelling after I’ve met her in the woods coincidentally as she has seen my pic on the blog.

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And…I’m happy having seen this on my cycling computer…in 6 years I’ve been cycling 19.999 km.

This morning I left Sylvie and headed towards the Reserve Ornithologique which I’ve blogged already.
So I came to the famous Dune du Pilat which is the biggest in Europe.

And there I’ve met Detlef, a german guy who lives here in France more than fifteen years, we had a great chat about living in this country and of course the Dune.
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Cycling day 11: Back to the continent

This morning I left my old campingsite and had to cross the bridge – nothing if I think back to last year’s crossing from the island Fehmarn (Baltic Sea) with those really strong winds.

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After that I’ve started a perfect cycling day on the Vendée a vélo which you lead through forests and I never would have thought that there are streets – but my gps told me so.

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Rolling down the coast I found again the Bretagne – kind of…it’s a strip of countryside which is like in the northern part of the country…and only a few people.

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Finally the last few kilometres I had to stop so often to take pictures and enjoy the scenery…so I arrived in Les Sables-d’Olonne and got my piece of grass for my tent.

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Cycling day 10: Taking the Passage du Gois

So this morning with bright sunshine I left my beloved St. Brevin-les-pins and headed towards Pornic which is very famous for its old town and harbour.

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After having the obligatory ice-cream I continued the cyclepath along the coast – it remind me on my trip to the Bretagne 3 years ago.

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But than you’ve to enter the countryside again and cycle along canals and so you come to the ‘Vendee’ which is very flat.
The highlight now is the Passage du Gois, where you can cross a path only twice a day for 3 hours – it depends on the tide. But your also can get shells and so many people go there to catch them easily.

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After passing this with dry wheels I cycled half of the island around and my campingsite which I was two years ago…Now as I’m writing the blog I swing in the hammock having had lunch with my gas cooker…perfect day!

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Cycling day 9: Approaching the Atlantic Coast

Now I’m sitting in a cool restaurant next to the beach enjoying a Wok and a Bordeaux vine…after having a swim in the pool of the campingsite – what could you expect more ?

Today was just a 75 km ride but I’ve started it at about half past eleven – as I had to find a market who sells my kind of gas cookers…that’s one of the key questions, believe me…

But as you know there is the Velo City 2015 in Nantes – so you can find all kind of bikes.

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But I couldn’t leave the city without saying goodbye to the machines…

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If you leave Nantes you have to cross the river Loire by time…it’s just a short trip by ferry…dedicated to Daniela.
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Now your follow the last kilometers of the EuroVelo 6 to St. Brevin-les-pins and there you’re at the final point of so many journeys…
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So now you can choose from some campingsites and enjoy the atlantic sea – finally after about 720 km starting in Paris.
Tomorrow I’ll start the next part to Arcachon and looking forward to meet there Detlef who is responsible for the Facebook site for the Dune du Pilat.
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