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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Southwest of Girona we got our first glimpse of the Mediterranean! Arriving to Barcelona we had forgotten the mayhem of the scooter drivers in Spain! They buzz around you like flies. That said we arrived uneventfully to our hotel and met up with Fernanda. It was so funny we had kept the visit a surprise for her parents. We posted the helmet pic with no comment on facebook. Mario saw it and called Fernanda, who when she skyped us was so excited she totally forgot how to speak English!


    [​IMG]11214284_10153525869846131_2886453210861377242_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]12115923_10153525905326131_894111713299356178_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Walking to the metro we passed our first Gaudi modernista building. We did a bit of a tour of several of the big squares.


    [​IMG]barcelona 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]12096518_10153534848386131_8513062218054210623_n by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 78 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The architecture is varied and interesting, especially the Gaudi.



    [​IMG]barcelona 20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 22 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 23 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 31 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 32 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 52 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]DSC03796 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Lunch Spanish style is drinks and Paella.



    [​IMG]barcelona 55 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 56 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sacrada Familia is a UNESCO site still under construction. The building began in 1882 and Gaudi took over in 1883 and transformed it to his vision. It was only ¼ complete when he died in 1926. It has progressed slowly since it is funded by private donation and building was halted for the Spanish civil war from 1936-39. It was half done in 2010 and should be completed in 2026, 100 years after Gaudi’s death.



    [​IMG]barcelona 37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 40 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We did a bit of a walking tour in the old city.




    [​IMG]DSC03777 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 60 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]DSC03782 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 62 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 65 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 66 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]barcelona 70 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Fernanda took us to a Pizza place she claimed was the best she had every had….She was not wrong. It’s a good thing we don’t live near here.


    [​IMG]barcelona 83 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed out late at 11 am north again towards the Pyrenees in France. We planned out route to cross Andorra for country number 43!


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 11.00.08 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 10.58.17 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We had the perfect storm and over 2 hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic thru Andorra. It is a Saturday and the cross border shoppers are here in droves, the tunnel is closed so all the traffic in on one road, there is a big sporting event on, the boarder guards were spot-checking cars on the road after the slow down for the actual border, and there was a police check after that! The last 90 km we had from the Spanish/Andorran border to Tarascon-sur-Ariege France took 3 hours!





    [​IMG]tarascon 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]tarascon 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr




    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 10.58.39 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The village of Tarascon is nicely situated on the L’Ariege River and is at the eastern “gateway” to the Parc Naturel Regional des Pyrenees Ariegeoses! We did a bit of a walk about the town, but found our hotel had the only open restaurant.


    [​IMG]tarascon 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]tarascon 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr





    [​IMG]tarascon 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]tarascon 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]tarascon 11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first was the Col de Port at 1249 meters. The ride up here was stunning with the fall colors. There are numerous cute French villages with areas of hairpin switchbacks between them. The only hazard here is the huge amount of cow manure on the road. Unlike in Latin America they do not tether the cows they graze at the side of the roads here so they can just wander about.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.25.26 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We even did one section of the tour de France route and found this memorial on the downward side. It is incredible to think these guys ride on these steep narrow twisty roads at such speed on those skinny tires.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.25.53 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]cierp 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]cierp 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]cierp 19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Cierp we are headed only about 60 km as the crow flies to Pierrefitte-Nestalas, but we managed to make that into 150 km of total awesomeness in the Parc National des Pyrenees.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.32.16 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    We started out south on the 125,but soon headed west on the single-track roads in the Park.


    [​IMG]pyrenees 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    At Louderville we took a side detour we thought up the switchback to the ski resort, but up there we found a tiny road that snaked over the top of the mountain and down the other side to Azet. This is along the route of the Col de Val Louron-Azet at 1580 meters.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.32.33 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]pyrenees 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr






    [​IMG]pyrenees 8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From here we went north again towards Aspin-Aure and over the Col d”Aspin at 1490 meters. We were so luck for the last 2 days to have amazing fall weather it has been mostly sunny and 10-14 degrees in the morning and 14-22 in the afternoon.



    [​IMG]pyrenees 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]pyrenees 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From Campan we did take a detour by following the GPS coordinates of the hotel. This was 10 km up a road that ended in a dirt walking path…so backtrack it was.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 5.17.58 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We had a rainy night and it was still lightly raining in the morning. We had been invited to stay with some friends in a Chateau near Bordeaux. Initially we had decided we could not make it there since it was “300 km in the opposite direction” from our target of Madrid, but after 30 more seconds of rational thought realized how stupid that sounded. What is 600 km to see fellow Canadians and biking friends? We had first met Anne and Peter at “the end of the road” in Ushuaia. We were leaving the park after getting our photo OP at “the sign”. I saw a huge Canadian flag on the panier of one of the bikes and yelled out Hey Canada! So we stopped and made friends. They have been touring in the UK and head home from Paris this week.


    [​IMG]the end of the road 43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]the end of the road 51 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]DSC00737 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    About an hour out we stopped for a coffee. As Sara pulled in to park on the curb outside the café the “Yellow triangle of death” was flashing and the bike was promptly dead. Taking out the GS 911 we confirmed our fears that the stator was burnt again! The last time it was replaced was in Ecuador almost 90,000 km ago, but they always seem to die when we are meeting someone and it is raining. The job took longer than expected since we had to take off several extra parts including the foot peg and rear brake since we could not get the one bolt out of the “this is crap” Touratech crash bar. Dan is getting pretty good at this now after 4 times. It is still stressful to have the engine open on the “side of the road” and have only one shot to fix it. After putting it all back together the test of the 911 was ALL GOOD! This got us back on the road at 130 after 2 ½ hours. I need a drink!!!


    [​IMG]saint emilion 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]saint emilion 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]saint emilion 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]saint emilion 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving at the Châteaux Peter and Anne were not too worried since they had followed our SPOT tracks most of the day.

    [​IMG]saint emilion 42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]saint emilion 24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr





    Anne and Peter had been invited here by the owner Jean-Philippe. He had also had welcomed us to stay at the Châteaux.




    [​IMG]saint emilion 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr and saw us finally coming.



    [​IMG]DSC05894 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flick


    [​IMG]saint emilion 7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]saint emilion 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]saint emilion 15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr



    [​IMG]saint emilion 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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