Being the Frenchman that I am, I couldn't resist the call of Pâté, Fromage, Baguette and Wine any longer. My wife and I first rode Europe in 2006 through the Alps, and I couldn't help wondering if, 11 years later, this trip through the Pyrenees would be as good. Well, it was not as good.... because it was totally different! Not only were the roads, mountains, people and food completely different than the Alps ride, but so was the planning. This Pyrenees trip was almost completely ad-hoc, the only certainties were our arrival in Bilbao Spain to pick up the BMW and our departure from Barcelona 14 days later where we returned the BMW. Our first couple of days were spent in the Basque region of Spain and France. Our first lovely hotel about an hour from Bilbao was pretty nice! It was hard to leave the terrace where we sipped our wine. However, my wife managed to keep up the good work! The Spanish coast was wet and foggy, but quite beautiful. The BMW amazed me with how well protected I was by the fairing which even kept my legs and feet dry. My wife was quite comfortable and dry in the Alpinestar Bogata Drystar outfit. This was the last of the Spanish coast as we headed inland for Saint Jean Pied de Port, France. We spent two nights in Saint Jean Pied de Port, where we spent the evening roaming the town, and took a day trip to the French coast. http://www.ziberoa.com/ We took a day trip from Saint Jean Pied de Port to the Plage Du Metro, not far from Tarnos and had the place practically all to ourselves! Got to love October and the lack of vacationers! After a delicious breakfast at our B&B we departed in the direction of Larrau, and found ourselves crawling up an amazing D road, which had us on the edge of our seats and the edge of of the mountains. Skating along the mountain ridges, first and second gear were my best friends, and third gear a distant cousin! My wife handled the camera while I handled the road! Hmmm... where to next? Hmmm... still no idea!