Will & Kate promoting Canada. Don't forget to tell the environmental disaster story that is the Alberta Oil Sands http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us...
First day of Autumn loop around the Tourmalet. Perfect riding conditions but it is getting a little nippy up top.
Dear Ms May: safe, wealthy nations have a duty to spread these traits globally, NOT selfishly slam doors on those less fortunate! #Disgusted
Just cut my nails in, literally, 1 minute. The InterWeb tells me some people will pay $50,000 for a manicure. So I just earned $3m/hour?
Gathering for a birthday celebration in Toulouse. Lots of Indonesian food & french gateaux. Oh yes! Nom, nom, nom!
It might not officially be Autumn for a few days yet, but it's certainly coming. Beautiful colours this morning.
First snow of the season fell on the Pic du Midi couple days back & more yesterday by the looks. #ViewFromOurDoorstep
Another difficult day in Southern France Hanging with friends while they force food & drink on us. Thanks guys!
Eating figs straight off the tree. Yum! And... erm... nom, nom, nom, nom!
Visiting the market hall in Tarbes. So... here's the obligatory 'piles of bread & cheese' pictures!
Bit of exploration & finding the limit of what's marked as a road. Still got those MTB skills, even on 25mm tyres!
Dear Australia, you do know a nature reserve should be, um, reserved for nature? Not some lobbyist's dirty business! https://www.theguardian.com/busi...
A full fridge. And yes, light inside is blue so our whole place looks funky if no others on when you open the door
Quick lunch stop. Tried Parisienne Bruschetta to discover it's cheese on toast with ham! Very nice though. Nom!
Spotted in local motorhome dealer: 'Crossover' model of our snail. Think it takes bit more than fat tyres though!
Glass of rosé with lunch. In a beer glass. Because that's just how classy I am Cheers!
After yesterday some recovery needed so gentle spin to the Hourquette. If you call 1000m+ climb up here recovery
Top of Hautacam: Blue skies & views for miles! Well, it's the Col de Tramassel actually, but you knew that, right?
Evening walk between the cornfields. Val d'Adour, French Pyrenees.
Spotted this deer on a dusk walk. He stood looking at us before slowly walking into the corn. Magical. #DodgyPhonePic
Breakfast time! Rest day otherwise there'd be eggs in there too. Love fresh bread & croissant in the morning. Yum!
Pot of 'industrial' desert with a few added Brambles picked straight from our hedge. Nom, nom! #SimplePleasures
If you see the headline, "Pound Jumps..." remember it's all relative. GBP is still down over 24% against AUD in the last year! #Forex
While it might be a little cloudy down the valley, another glorious day up the Col d'Aspin. Simply love it up here!
Little trip to market today. We didn't pick up much, but how good does this slab of pork look? Nom, nom, nom
Walls of snow in Spring, walls of corn in Summer. Just love the variety of the Northern seasons. Although - ask me again mid-winter!
Ahem, well, this is slightly embarrassing... finally gave in & joined the fat bike fad! Look at the size of that!
Wondering around in the woods near Payolle. Still pretty warm in the sun so it's nice to be in this shade.
Another wonderful summer's day up near the Hourquette d'Ancizan. Always nice to stop & say hello to the locals.
Pratiwi hasn't been up this road before but quite likes the view. Maybe she should ride a bike more? #FamousClimb
Post-recovery, recovery Cheers from Saint-Lary-Soulan!
Beautiful day for a recovery ride in the vallée d'Aure. Full on 'recovery' too, my heart rate average was 88bpm
Erm... didn't I just change this? Oh well, lucky there's nothing strenuous planned for today #LotsOfMiles
After an epic day on the bike, beer o'clock. And what a bottle: Alpirsbacher Kloster Starkbier. Cheers!
Route des Lacs descent one of most technical I've done. To finish hit up Piau Engaly because, why not?! #EpicDay
Lac d'Aumar & Lac d'Aubert. Sometimes I'm asked why cycle so much? The answer: to be able to get to places like this!
Listed among best Pyrenees rides, Cap-de-Long is indeed up there. Literally! This lake is higher than the Tourmalet!
Early dinner/late lunch. Kale & rice &... not quite sure what my chef has presented here but it was really good!
Spotted in a local store: Bigourdan Pin Cake is made of many layers spooned over it as it slowly cooks. Yummy!
Today's ride: both sides of the Col du Portillion plus Superbagnères. Spectacular... & the descent is ballistic!
Today's ride: Port de la Bonaigua. Side trip to Pla de Beret had fantastic views of the Val d'Aran. Lovely place
Time for desert. Guess I'd better finish this Sangria first!
We came to this place for the tapas, but could be worth another visit to try the steak. One of the smaller ones!
Didn't know what this dish was, but took it anyhow. Turns out to be deep fried cheese with jam on top. Soooo good!
When in Spain... Loving this tapas bar in Urtau Arties (Valle de Aran). It's an amazing place! Nom, nom, nom!
Entering Val d'Aran from Port de la Bonaigua. One of the best parts of the Spanish Pyrenees we've seen. So beautiful.
Hike to Estany de Gerber, past another two smaller lakes. This pretty high up in the Spanish Pyrenees, around 2150m.
The C-28 in Spain, climbing to Port de la Bonaigua. Sadly am driving it today instead of riding. Very poor planning!
Passing by Esterri d'Àneu so short walk around. Nice, relaxed place. Late morning & streets full of coffee lovers.