Well we’re back on the road. Since the lads left our progress has been pretty slow. We have had some things going wrong for us but there all fixed now. We’re in France finally in the woods at the beach.
So for the solstice zee and I camped down on this tiny stone beach on some grass.
It was a mission to get the bikes across this tiny gap but we succeeded in doing so.
We went for a dip in the water which has gotten so warm now it’s lovely swimming in a pair of shorts. On the way back climbing and jumping across the huge boulders I banged my toe but didn’t realise it straight away. Only when it hurt a little and started turning purple then did I realise it was hurt. I must of sprained it because it only got bigger and turned more purple over the next few days.
But we had a lovely evening with a fire and a bottle of wine which was given to us for helping a guy free his stuck car.
We had to stay in a campsite the other day which wasn’t that bad because in the evening they were giving out a load of free sardines sprinkled with salt and done on an open fire which was dacent. There was a young guy who pulled up in a van. After saluting him and saying good morning we got talking to him. He is from down under and has been travelling for 8 months now. He was reciently in ireland working in lahinch for 3 weeks. He met the lads that we all know. It was crazy meeting him there in Spain. We cooked some food which we shared with him and he shared his bottle of beer and we all had a great chat leading into the night.
We have been in France two days now and there are cycle paths on every road. We’re following this one that stays close enough to the beach and it is surrounded in trees. It’s literally beach, massive sand dunes, forest with the cycle path running through it. It’s so nice to cycle and it’s really flat aswell. We’re heading for bordeaux for two more days and then staying with a friend for another two days.
Okay about two and a half weeks ago we were cycling on this road that would take us to Mundaka. As we were bombing it down this massive hill I got a flat tyre so we pulled in on the side of the road. The road had turned into a single lane which looked like it was going onto a motorway. So we fixed the flat and decided to walk the two hundred metres back on the side of the road and take another road . I know a bit risky but it was better than going on a really busy motorway. Just then a traffic control van pulls up and out steps a very tanned spanish man in his 50s with white hair. He comes up to us and is saying what are you doing, do ye know ye are on a motorway. We say no were not it doesn’t say on the map or on any signs. He goes back to the van to talk with his partner who has the biggest side burns ever. He comes back and tells us they are going to reverse back on the single road and we are to follow. We do so trying not to look at the two of them as they reversed. When we meet to turn off they talk a little longer and come to an agreement. All the roads are motorways so we can’t cycle. So then we manage to pack all our bags and the two bikes into the small enough van with just about enough room to squeeze us in. Then mister sideburns man takes of swerving through some cones and pelts off. After a few minutes Zarah Sparks up a conversation with them and there laughing and chatting. A good few kilometres go by and he pulls over and asks us if we want to get out at the bottom or they can drive us some of the way. Zarah then answers ” nobody really ever wants to cycle up a big hill on a bike do they “. So off we go and they drive us about 20k in total to the top of the hill looking down over mundaka. What legends they were. We shook hands and off they went flying it back towards bilbao.
Zee: Merv and I are trapped in the tent because of a swarm of bees. That wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t 40 degrees in here and we weren’t dripping sweat. Merv just let rip. This couldn’t get any worse. It’s probably one of the hottest days and well even though it’s 9.30 it’s still boiling. I can bearly see what I’m typing, I have to wipe my forehead. It’s sooooo hot!