Published: September 5th 2010September 5th 2010
In Perpignan to be exact. Actually in North Perpignan to be exacter. To be exactest I am in the Ibis hotel in the middle of a hotel district, which has all the charm of a parking lot really. Arrived just after half seven after another 8 hours of cycling (115 miles) in 30+ degrees, saying my final farewell to the Pyrenees with another couple of climbs. Andorra is genuinely just one long hill, topping out at 2,400m with an amazing 30km descent into Ax les Thermes once you're over the French border.
My triumphant 100km descent into Perpignan didn't quite pan out as expected, partly because I didn't pay enough attention to the profile of the map beforehand, but primarily due to a strengthening easterly breeze. In the end I was struggling to keep pace with a tourist train running along-side me, doing roughly 17mph much to the amusement of those on board.
From memory, Monday and Tuesday are short and flat which hopefully means I can get my bike to a workshop (it seems to increasingly take issue with steering) and myself to the beach for a few hours. Like a proper holiday...
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