Pyrenees (5 day return dash)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Tricky-UK, Nov 19, 2010.

  1. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    After a few beers in the pub one night some of my GS riding mates informed me that KTMs are no good for long distance touring...

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    So decided to prove them wrong. :deal

    Original plan was to ride down to the Gap area and spend a few days doing some local passes or Route Napoleon. Weather looked poor with thunderstorms and rain so as I only had a few days decided to head to the Pyrenees which looked more promising.
    Glad I had an airhawk for the long ride south mind. :clap

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    Camped at a little site near Ax-Les-Thermes near the foothills of the Pyrenees.

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    I knew I had made the right choice when I woke up the next morning. :wink:

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    Quick coffee before getting ready to explore. The Pyrenees is just as good as most of the Alps anyway.

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    Looking good.

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  2. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    Enjoyed a beer or two in the evenings. :1drink

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    A few more pics.

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    Nice blond... but why the long face? :D

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    Eventually had to head north again and rode up the West coast of France mainly on N (national) routes.

    Spent my last night North of Bordeaux in the little town of Pons.

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    Once I reached Poitiers it was cloudy and raining so jumped back on the Autoroute and legged it to Calais.

    Cheers.

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  3. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    Last few pics. Was lucky with the weather and October was a good time to visit this region.

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    The big Katoom was brilliant for this dash. Total mileage was about 1800 miles door to door.

    Bike returned about 40mpg and used no oil.

    Thanks for looking.
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  4. JustPlainDave

    JustPlainDave Tubeless Adventurer

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    Beautiful country! Looks like you have a nice enjoyable trip.
    Thanks for sharing Tricky. :thumb
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  5. herman maire

    herman maire Been here awhile

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    very nice pictures... How many hours of riding is Calais from the Pyrenees?
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  6. Sportakus

    Sportakus Been here awhile

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    Be careful with the beers:freaky

    Always no alcohol eh...:thumb :thumb

    Great pics and great trip friend...:beer
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  7. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    The roads down here from the end of Sept. are the best as most folk have gone home !!!! nice one mate
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  8. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    wonderful pics! thanks for sharing. I dream of riding there someday, I always love watching the tour de france tv coverage of the pyrenees stages, just fantastic looking roads! that beer looks quite good as well!
    someday!!!!
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  9. Tricky-UK

    Tricky-UK Wannabe Adventurer

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    Thanks guys for the nice comments. :thumb

    It's approx 600 miles from Calais to Toulouse. Wanted to get south of Toulouse on that first day so I was as close to the Pyrenees as possible. I did about 650 miles in total, mainly on the autoroute, so was riding for about 12 hours including breaks etc.
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  10. oldbanker2003

    oldbanker2003 n00b

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    Hi Tricky

    We were down there and the Picos in September on Tiger camping but took the ferry into Santander much easier on the arse :lol3
    Great area for bikes I love it, nice to see the colors of a later month.

    Cheers Steve
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  11. TwoShots

    TwoShots Vagabond

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    Fantastic picture.
    Thanks for sharing the ride!
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  12. JED

    JED Been here awhile

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    What might be the posted speed limit on those roads, just in case I get there?:D
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  13. PHILinFRANCE

    PHILinFRANCE Long timer

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    Hi Jed
    The speed limits here are
    Motorways ......130kph and 110kph (80mph and 70mph) ish
    Main roads.......90kph and 70kph (60mph and 45mph) ish
    Towns.............50kph (30mph) ish
    School areas....30kph (20mph) ish

    Watch out for the Gendarmes (police) its normally an on the spot fine and if you don't have the cash on you they'll escort you to a cash point:deal

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  14. JED

    JED Been here awhile

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    Sensible speeds.
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