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August 20, 2016

And just about arriving in Spain by the Col du Portalet mountains

I am back ,taking advantage of the weekend as there is too much to write about my last trip to my beloved Spain.

We got up earlier from hotel in Bordeaux (see prev post), and by about 7h or 7am we were on the road past the beltway of Bordeaux A630 into the expressway A62 towards Pau/Toulouse.  We continue connecting with the A64 road to Pau and then the A65 , connecting on the N134 by Jurançon and Gan, where we got on the D934  all the way past Laruns and to the Col du Portalet passage to Spain.

As we got up earlier we had breakfast on the road on the  mountains by Bielle on the D934 at boulangerie Laloubère , a small outlet they have right on the road and the back on the mountains; very nice and great breads, sweets, coffee and orange juice for 2,30 euros! per person. Their main store is at Bielle.

You see beautiful mountain passages like the dam of Artouste  done with a lake at 1997m and the spa thermes of Eaux Bonnes, the quaint nice town of Laruns, and the final destination in France at the Col du Portalet and the town at 1984 meters high. This is just before taking the tunnel Under it to reach Spain at the other side , going up through some twisting and each time higher élévations and breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys not to mention a great challenge for the driver ::)

A great final ride in France before reaching my beloved Spain, always nice to be back,and glad can do this often in the last few years.

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And the Spa at Eaux Bonnes,

How to get to these peaks and valleys here:

Happy motoring and you can’t have a better 1-2 combination than France and Spain , cheers ::)

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August 20, 2016

And vacation time arrived, onwards to Spain

Well a bit tired now just back but will give you a flavor of what’s to come from my last trip to my beloved Spain. We spent two weeks going by car with some metro/subway and bus on major cities. Visited Bordeaux, Cuenca, Las Majadas, Madrid, Toledo, Huerte, Belmonte, Segovia, La Granja de San IIdelfonso, Alcalà de Henares, Aranjuez, Valencia, Ségobriga ,Alarcon, Chinchon, Calatayud, and many smaller towns passing by.

We rented a house in Las Majadas ,Cuenca at 1400 meters high (about 6600 feet) that was absolutively  superb with all the trimmings and fantastic host owners. We passed by goats , sheeps, horses, deers, wild pigs and right on the eyes of cows on the road; all in good expériences. For a similar experience see this site Top Rural:

We left by car by 8h or 8am from home along the path of avoiding as much as possible toll roads. Taken the N165 towards Nantes N249 and then the D763 and D137 towards La Rochelle, and continue connecting with the A10 for a while before at Bordeaux get on the A62,A65 and A64 towards the Col du Portalet passage to  Spain.  On the A roads we did pay a toll of 25,70€ but we quickly move back into the D934 on passage routes at 1390 meters high with great views.

The trip took about 17 hours stopping several times for a break, gas , and eat. It took about 1265 kms or about 784 miles for the whole trip and about 417 kms or 259 miles to Bordeaux in 7 hours.  For those who have traveled by car will note these are longer times but it was done because the only driver was me and taking breaks is a Wise thing to do. I do not know why people talk about traffic as with well planned the trip went smooth with only a slow moving traffic along the rocade of Bordeaux arriving there to our road hotel, the inexpensive F1. Part of the great chain Accor, more here:

We had maps of the area in case we need it to cut corners but it was not needed the GPS of our car was very good indeed. We listen to radio 107.7 FM for traffic and weather conditions as well as good music.

Enjoy these initial photos like I said the best is yet to come. I will get back to work on Monday so will have plenty of time to keep me busy for the next few days on the trip. Cheers!

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