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Thread: Meandering around the small roads of the Pyrenees

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    Great report and some stunning camp sites - noted

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    How much better a beer tastes when it is earned after an exhilarating day's riding.

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    Thanks for the comments

    I was surprised at how few British bikes I saw (I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't seeking company). On the wee back roads and villages I saw no one but as soon as I was on a stretch of the N260, I saw quite a few, then turned off again. In campsites I was normally the only bike.

    The N260 is a cracking road in places and definitely worth riding along, but, it's not the only good bit of road there, especially if you are prepared to take some single track, gravel, pot holes and variable tarmac to get to the good places. And most are fine and some of the wee roads are perfect tarmac, every bit as good as the rest.

    I did meet a UK couple in Luz saint Sauveur and we had a couple of beers. I did though wish that they had met me in a cheaper town, the beer was top of the scale. Laruns would have been a better place to bump into them, plenty free cheese on offer. To be fair they did pass through Laruns as I was sitting having a cold refreshment but they only stopped for coffee, had to get to Jaca before the weather turned.

    The only other British bikers I met and spoke to were at each end of the ferry. Late September was a good time to go, you just have to work around some things being closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern jock View Post
    There was no more planning that that. I had a couple of Michelin maps.
    I deliberately didn't research all the best roads or campsites or hotels as I was quite happy to find out as I went along.
    I didn't have a satnav
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    Shame more bods on here aren't like that, instead of wanting every wheel turn and piss stop researched, advised on, and planned.

    Great read and ace photos.
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    Nice one Alastair

    I agree with Tarka ... trips like these are just quite simply great. Just shows that you don't need the latest 1200 with all the whistles and bells

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    Great report we were in the Pyrenee in June so brought back happy memories nice bike too love the XT's

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    Yep. I'm liking that. Simple 'follow your nose' tour. No complications. Good write up. Thanks.

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    Enjoyed reading that and the pics...........

    Just a small point you may have missed - Any travel insurance you might have had, would probably not be valid due to lack of return booking.
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    Then plug me back in..........

    See if that works .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    Enjoyed reading that and the pics...........

    Just a small point you may have missed - Any travel insurance you might have had, would probably not be valid due to lack of return booking.
    Yes, but quite a few companies offer open ended policies with no return booked. Need to check though

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    Good one Alastair....You've got rid of the 12? What next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerarddwatts View Post
    Good one Alastair....You've got rid of the 12? What next?
    Just bought an 800, great bike. But I really enjoyed the XT for that trip and plan to go away again in the spring on it

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    Most enjoyable Ride Report

    I like those kind of trips where ,,, the tent is on ,,,and there is nothing booked , IMHO it's the very best of MC touring .
    Normal ,in an odd sort of way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    +1

    Superb piccies & report..
    Absolutely. . . love your approach to touring.
    Thanks for posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackal View Post
    Enjoyed reading that and the pics...........

    Just a small point you may have missed - Any travel insurance you might have had, would probably not be valid due to lack of return booking.
    Update on the insurance point raised by Al. My current policy is with Holidaysafe, a bike specific policy. I called them to advise that I will be meandering around some parts of the Med from mid April and, due to my personal preference being not to over plan these things, I will only be booking a single ticket on the ferry to Spain. Not a problem they said, have a good trip. Just stay within the 31 day trip limit.

    But worth checking.

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    I thoroughly enjoyed your ride report and the way you just "wing it" as you go". Great pics too.
    Looks like you had a great trip.

    I've been caught out too with the late Spanish dinner times - I'm usually on the road by 08:00 so I'll want to stop about 17:00 - 18:00 find somewhere and then eat and they're not ready for that then.
    "I must be traveling on now 'cause there's too many places I've got to see.

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    Enjoyed reading your report Alastair. A relaxing trip on an XT , complete with Sheepskin!

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