Last day of spring evening ride with my beautiful - if a little slow... ahem! - riding partner. Niiiice!
"Countries usually don’t knowingly commit economic suicide... Leaving the EU would be an act of national insanity"! https://www.washingtonpost.com/o...
#Brexit fact: UK donates more to charity than EU costs it! Why would such a generous nation turn it's back on less fortunate neighbours?
UK markets & pound plunge on mere suggestion #Brexit Leave may win. Imagine hit to pension funds & cost of living if it actually happens!
Dear web crawler devs: if you can't play nice, you will be banned. Please play nice, I've got better things to do!
Evening 'snack'. Nom, nom, nom...
When you drop round to friends for lunch... and are served a four course gourmet meal! Nom, nom, nom Thank you!
Helping friends collect cherries from this beautiful tree in their yard. Yuuuuuum!
Fresh baguette delivery in France. Bread here is seldom wrapped & clearly throwing it in an old pipe isn't an issue!
Salt on jersey is normal but I took ass-sweat to whole new level today 100km Tourmalet loop & still 30° at 1700m!
Bit of a struggle up the Tourmalet today. What with heat & running out of water after going long way round. Oops!
Chrome scrolling make you crazy? Fix: chrome://flags & turn off 'Smooth Scrolling'. Disable crappy 'Session Restore Bubble' there too! Yay!
Another back to back tasting test. Duval v St Bernardus Tripel. Verdict: too close to call. More testing required!
Random walkies just up the hill from Gerde. Lovely shady track is good as it's pretty warm this evening.
All I could find in the fridge... Leffe & Duval. How terrible! Cheers!
UK headline: "Temperatures to soar as summer finally arrives... Highs of 25C predicted in London" LOL! Oh dear! #HopeItGetsBetterSoon
More French hardship: tough choices to make in the patisserie BTW, we went the gateaux fraise & it was to die for!
Accidentally plotted a cycling course up the wrong hill & ended up here: Plaine d'Esquiou. Could have been worse!
Dear friends, if you heard of French fuel shortages don't worry. Fuels that count (baguettes, cheese & beer) all still readily available
... some time later... Just enjoying the evening sun with a few tunes & amber refreshment. It's a hard life!
Schoolboy error: Out riding & remembering there's only 1 bottle of beer in fridge! Masterful save: It's a 3 Monts!
A few locals obviously thought phone I pulled from my back pocket was food. Sorry! Will bring carrots next time!
Col de Beyrede (some dirt & gravel on the climb) & Hourquette d'Ancizan. Cos you can't do famous cols ALL the time
Toasty today at 34° in the Baronnies! View back to the snowy peaks from near Capvern. Hmmmmmm.... snnnnooooowwwwww
Things to do this arvo, so little spin up the Aspin & to Lac de Payolle was all there was time for today. Oh well!
So, man cannot live on bread alone, huh? True, but having just polished off my second baguette of the day gonna have to admit I'm trying!
I never do coffee stops but beer & pizza is mid-ride break I can get behind 122km & Hautacam PR today. Love it!
Indonesian's don't drink, huh? The one's in France do! What I had to endure at a local 'Arisan' gathering
Impromptu dinner. French moule frite very nice, but sorry, still not as good as the Belgiums! Great dessert though
What passes for an easy local loop these days Couple of hours smashing round beautiful, empty roads like this!
Thinking of those in UK. Yes, mid-20s is tough & hope all survived great heat wave of 2016! With luck it'll warm up properly for you soon
Rest day stroll. Got a little carried away & ended up going 8km to the next village & source of the Crastes. Oops
Back in the Pyrenees a week & in that time broke my weekly cycling distance record & destroyed climbing one. Funny that! #LoveThePyrenees
Big week of riding ends with loop to next valley & home over this little climb. Stayed dry despite the clouds. Phew!
Rest day done right: just lounging around our 'garden' - aka. the campsite - in the evening sunshine. Ahhhhh...
Newspaper: Archaic, unidirectional data communication protocol utilising a physical layer derived from dead trees. LOL. Thx @bobbyllew
Impromptu dinner invite. Lots of excellent Asian food, especially that beef rendang! Nom, nom, nom! :P
Today's ride: foothills then Chiroulet, which is in the valley between the 2 main peaks in 1st pic. Beautiful day
First Tourmalet ascent of the year. Last 3km closed to cars, but not bikes! As usual, sucks to be a car driver!
Cyclists should know this guy: He spends summer atop Col du Tourmalet but prefers to winter in the valley it seems
The scene from our doorstep tonight: last rays of sunshine on the Pic du Midi. Yes, yes, with a very long lens!
Busy day, but got out for lovely spring evening's spin in the Baronnies: tiny, quiet roads & plenty of punchy climbs!
First evening back in the Pyrenees. Little walk around the new neighbourhood & introductions with the locals. Mooooo!
Local couple gave us the tip to go to this spot & collect wild garlic. Tasty in salad & cooking they said. We agree.
Driving along that road from Capvern to Mauvezin. Always amazing views here, even on a cloudy day.
To the idiots buying ivory to show off: get some antique art instead. It's much more impressive, unique & no majestic animals died for it!
Cost of nuclear fission reactor in UK: $35bn. Cost of ITER fusion reactor: $14bn. Why build a steam train when developing a jet is 3x less!?