A week of ups and downs in more ways than one… We miscalculated how long it was going to take us to get to Greece, so having failed to get a train we hired a car to drive from Pamplona to Girona. it was a long (10 hour) drive, which we think would have taken us 10 days cycling! On arriving in Girona we recalculated the route and realised we would still need to cycle 56 miles a day until we arrived in Rhodes. I struggled with this at first but rationalized it by reminding myself of our other cycling trips 56 miles would be a short day. Our spirits are lighter knowing there is a plan b (car, train, boat or plane) after all this is supposed to be fun and it is the only section of the adventure with a clock ticking.
Hiring the car has meant we have spent more than our expected budget but we are clawing this back as we are not using our daily allowance (although this is becoming more and more challenging the french coast is much more expensive than northern spain)
We have approximately 3000 kilometres to cycle and we are achieving our daily mileage and recalculating on a regular basis to ensure we stay on schedule. This is not a simple task as the Garmin does not always plan a direct route and Gary spends half his day arguing with it and resetting it – to the point he even dreams about navigation.
We have driven and cycled across the Pyrenees which are just as majestic as we remember them to be when we cycled to Barcelona a few years ago. We are now in France and have just passed Montpellier, the coast is beautiful and the cycling is carefree and fun if not a little challenging on the narrower roads.
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Still living the dream and loving it