15:09

First day of Autumn loop around the Tourmalet. Perfect riding conditions but it is getting a little nippy up top.

22:05

Dear Ms May: safe, wealthy nations have a duty to spread these traits globally, NOT selfishly slam doors on those less fortunate! #Disgusted

08:38

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? wink

13:56

Gathering for a birthday celebration in Toulouse. Lots of Indonesian food & french gateaux. Oh yes! Nom, nom, nom! tongue

07:58

It might not officially be Autumn for a few days yet, but it's certainly coming. Beautiful colours this morning.

07:57

First snow of the season fell on the Pic du Midi couple days back & more yesterday by the looks. #ViewFromOurDoorstep

12:57

Another difficult day in Southern France wink Hanging with friends while they force food & drink on us. Thanks guys! grin

11:28

Eating figs straight off the tree. Yum! And... erm... nom, nom, nom, nom! tongue

09:35

Visiting the market hall in Tarbes. So... here's the obligatory 'piles of bread & cheese' pictures! wink

09:52

Bit of exploration & finding the limit of what's marked as a road. Still got those MTB skills, even on 25mm tyres! wink

07:52

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...

23:49

Humans have been on the planet over 100,000 years, but destroyed 10% of it's wilderness in the past 20. #Doomed cry http://www.treehugger.com/conser...

21:00

A full fridge. And yes, light inside is blue so our whole place looks funky if no others on when you open the door smile

12:56

Quick lunch stop. Tried Parisienne Bruschetta to discover it's cheese on toast with ham! wink Very nice though. Nom! tongue

10:59

Spotted in local motorhome dealer: 'Crossover' model of our snail. Think it takes bit more than fat tyres though! tongue

13:59

Glass of rosé with lunch. In a beer glass. Because that's just how classy I am wink Cheers! grin

12:05

After yesterday some recovery needed so gentle spin to the Hourquette. If you call 1000m+ climb up here recovery wink

12:45

Top of Hautacam: Blue skies & views for miles! Well, it's the Col de Tramassel actually, but you knew that, right? wink

19:18

Evening walk between the cornfields. Val d'Adour, French Pyrenees.

19:13

Spotted this deer on a dusk walk. He stood looking at us before slowly walking into the corn. Magical. #DodgyPhonePic

09:29

Breakfast time! Rest day otherwise there'd be eggs in there too. Love fresh bread & croissant in the morning. Yum! tongue

14:16

Pot of 'industrial' desert with a few added Brambles picked straight from our hedge. Nom, nom! tongue #SimplePleasures

12:31

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

14:31

While it might be a little cloudy down the valley, another glorious day up the Col d'Aspin. Simply love it up here!

10:53

Little trip to market today. We didn't pick up much, but how good does this slab of pork look? grin Nom, nom, nom tongue

14:40

Walls of snow in Spring, walls of corn in Summer. Just love the variety of the Northern seasons. Although - ask me again mid-winter! wink

12:39

Ahem, well, this is slightly embarrassing... finally gave in & joined the fat bike fad! Look at the size of that! wink

15:44

Wondering around in the woods near Payolle. Still pretty warm in the sun so it's nice to be in this shade.

12:30

Another wonderful summer's day up near the Hourquette d'Ancizan. Always nice to stop & say hello to the locals.

12:06

Pratiwi hasn't been up this road before but quite likes the view. Maybe she should ride a bike more? wink #FamousClimb

12:12

Post-recovery, recovery wink Cheers from Saint-Lary-Soulan! grin

10:55

Beautiful day for a recovery ride in the vallée d'Aure. Full on 'recovery' too, my heart rate average was 88bpm grin wink

09:49

Erm... didn't I just change this? Oh well, lucky there's nothing strenuous planned for today wink #LotsOfMiles

17:31

After an epic day on the bike, beer o'clock. And what a bottle: Alpirsbacher Kloster Starkbier. Cheers! grin

13:38

Route des Lacs descent one of most technical I've done. To finish hit up Piau Engaly because, why not?! #EpicDay grin

13:21

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!

12:28

Listed among best Pyrenees rides, Cap-de-Long is indeed up there. Literally! This lake is higher than the Tourmalet!

15:57

Early dinner/late lunch. Kale & rice &... not quite sure what my chef has presented here but it was really good! smile

12:55

Spotted in a local store: Bigourdan Pin Cake is made of many layers spooned over it as it slowly cooks. Yummy! tongue grin

11:29

Today's ride: both sides of the Col du Portillion plus Superbagnères. Spectacular... & the descent is ballistic! grin

12:31

Today's ride: Port de la Bonaigua. Side trip to Pla de Beret had fantastic views of the Val d'Aran. Lovely place smile

21:06

Time for desert. Guess I'd better finish this Sangria first! wink grin tongue

20:44

We came to this place for the tapas, but could be worth another visit to try the steak. One of the smaller ones!

20:21

Didn't know what this dish was, but took it anyhow. Turns out to be deep fried cheese with jam on top. Soooo good! grin

20:15

When in Spain... grin Loving this tapas bar in Urtau Arties (Valle de Aran). It's an amazing place! Nom, nom, nom! tongue

17:04

Entering Val d'Aran from Port de la Bonaigua. One of the best parts of the Spanish Pyrenees we've seen. So beautiful.

14:13

Hike to Estany de Gerber, past another two smaller lakes. This pretty high up in the Spanish Pyrenees, around 2150m.

13:45

The C-28 in Spain, climbing to Port de la Bonaigua. Sadly am driving it today instead of riding. Very poor planning!

11:47

Passing by Esterri d'Àneu so short walk around. Nice, relaxed place. Late morning & streets full of coffee lovers.

16:43

Arrive at hot Spanish camp. Lay on picnic blanket in shade. Red walls of the gorge remind me a bit of Aussie outback!