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Old 11-21-12, 11:10 AM
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Toulouse to Barcelona across the Pyrenees and others

Hi , I'm new to this site and for a few years now have been recording the various cycling adventures of a bunch of middle aged Irish cyclists , the last one being from Toulouse to Barcelona via the Pyrenees 2 months ago . These trips may be of interest to others so feel free to view them ...

http://www.travellingwheelburys.blogspot.ie/
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Hi,

Nice write-up and pictures. Thanks for posting.

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Old 11-22-12, 12:45 PM
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at last, excellent write up and some great tours especially the Camino .
so what about your big tour for next year the folks here will love to hear about it,what the route your taking ,and are you camping all the way.
look forward to reading about that.
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Interesting, thanks--helps to dispel my fantasies about Euro bike touring being smooth sailing. In the USA we have problems with transport (air/rail etc) but in Europe it seems like many folks in the tourism industry have an attitude for gouging tourists though it varies in the different countries.
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Thanks DropBarFan , would be interestred in why you may think that European Touring would be "smooth sailing" . We have a lot of tough climbs in Europe , you may have heard of the Tour de France , The Tour of Italy , The tour of Spain and many others . There is one famous climb in France called the Alp d'Huez .if you look at my blog of the Geneva to Nice trip in 2010 I mention this and many others ..
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Thanks DropBarFan , would be interestred in why you may think that European Touring would be "smooth sailing" . We have a lot of tough climbs in Europe , you may have heard of the Tour de France , The Tour of Italy , The tour of Spain and many others . There is one famous climb in France called the Alp d'Huez .if you look at my blog of the Geneva to Nice trip in 2010 I mention this and many others ..
I'm a big race fan but my comment about "smooth sailing" was more about thinking that since bike touring is more popular in Europe the logistics of routes, restaurants & hotels would be simpler than in the USA. Plus most Euro motorists are more accustomed to passing cyclists & don't consider them as interlopers that don't belong on the road. When I bought my Garmin GPS device & started researching I was amazed by how thoroughly various Euro bike routes were mapped out...the Dutch seem to excel at this. Traveling Wheelburys seem to be pretty experienced bike tourists so that adds to my surprise over their occasional difficulties. OTOH, having auto-toured in Europe I've had similar hassles, it's amazing how little problems can mushroom into big problems.
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I had no idea that the US drivers consider cyclists as interlopers !!. Is this in certain States or all over ? I am at the moment planning to Cycle the Trams Am route next year and in some of the blogs, diaries and books I have read they do mention that some of the roads have no hard shoulder and of course with any cycling you have to be carefull but are US drivers actually agressive towards cyclists , ever if they are displaying the Irish Tricolour on the back of their bikes ??
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the tri colours emm just another thing to aim at.
chech out cycle chat touring section a guy done a video blog on facebook very good.
bigonabianchi is his user name well worth a look me thinks.if you still havent sorted a tent check out the thread going on here for great advice.
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I had no idea that the US drivers consider cyclists as interlopers !!. Is this in certain States or all over ? I am at the moment planning to Cycle the Trams Am route next year and in some of the blogs, diaries and books I have read they do mention that some of the roads have no hard shoulder and of course with any cycling you have to be carefull but are US drivers actually agressive towards cyclists , ever if they are displaying the Irish Tricolour on the back of their bikes ??
I would hardly want to discourage you from your planned tour. Way back in the 70's we had the new bike boom & it was fairly common to encounter aggressive drivers (usually just shouted insults) but now not as much though it still happens sometimes though usually on local rides in suburban areas. Actually in my area the bigger problem is unskilled but overly-polite drivers who are afraid to pass on narrow uphill roads or when I approach an intersection with 4-way stop signs...I slow down hoping the motorist with right-of-way will proceed so i can then continue without actually stopping but they stay stopped so I have to stop, not knowing how they'll act.

But on actual tours I've found the motorists to be pretty friendly really. I once went car-camping to attend a NASCAR auto race & was surprised to hear "redneck" campsite neighbors chatting favorably about a cousin who was into high-end mountain bikes! I guess there are some bad apples everywhere. In America I suppose that motorists so rarely encounter touring cyclists that they don't usually see them as causing undue delays. Irish colors undoubtedly help in the Boston area . I figure that Trans-Am routes have long been vetted for safety.
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Thanks for the info DropBarFan, was a bit worried that I may have to wear some heavy "armour" next year
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