7th July 2013

This is the last leg of my trip along the Transpirinecia route, and it is a short but fun one. I learn from my mistake of yesterday and set off early before the day gets too hot. After a climb on tarmac I get my first view of the Atlantic ocean at a pass, the Col d’Ibardin, and it is quite a sensational moment for me. I have tracked all the way through Spain from Malaga, following the Mediterranean mountains, and it is only now that I have met the Atlantic.

At the pass I was in France, and had a great down-hill and the satisfaction of overtaking some local bikers (admittedly they were on hard-tails).

Irun is a bit of a culture shock. After months of countryside and pueblos, it is a big city with lots of traffic. My hotel is in a suburb to the north called Hondarribia, and is an old fortress. I finally make it to the Atlantic in the harbour of Hondarribia: I forgot to smile in this photo but I was enjoying myself, honest.

Amazingly my hotel is cheap yet inside the walls, near the very expensive four-star Parador, which is in fact the old castle Keep.  There is a lovely view from the main Plaza with the Parador on the right and the ocean in the distance.

I stayed in Irun a few days, and one night there was an amazing thunder storm over the Pyrenees to the east. It was so far away I could hardly hear the thunder, but there was so much the sky was lit up every coupe of seconds. Have a look at this (the sound you can hear is wind not rain).

Published by jhalstead1

This is my blog of my trip around Spain, off road, on my mountain bike. The story is told in full in my book "Three Wheels on my Bicycle", available on Amazon in Kindle or hardback.

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