Route 260 in The Pyrenees

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We left Pilar and her hilltop village at ten o’clock and made the scary journey down the hill and back to the main road. This time I took some pictures.

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Today we took Route 260  – the reason we are here in Spain. Ciara (our daughter) gave Denis a Best Motorcycle Routes book for Christmas. This route took up 4 pages and planed the seed for this six week trip.

By the time we arrived at Jaca (about three inches east of Pampalona on our map) I had taken 190 photos and it was five o clock. We have learned a few tips about traveling on long days:

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(Butterfly, the size of a small bird, resting on the main street in our village)

1. Don’t eat a big lunch, just makes you sleepy.

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2. Take more short breaks of five or ten minutes duration, it’s enough to revive you without adding too much to the journey.

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3. Have plenty of bottled water, you may not find a shop or a cafe when you are in need.

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4. Remember why you decided to do this in the first place, no matter how sore you are you do really want to be here!

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5. Take pictures, but also don’t take pictures, taking the pictures is for later, not taking the pictures is time for now, smell the poppies!

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6. Have a siesta, when in Spain, do like the locals (we had no picture of our siesta  we were asleep….)

We took all our own advice and had a very full-on day. The roads are the kind that Denis loves, winding around the hills and mountains and through the mountains. I think my favourite roads are the puttering along slowly ones without cows or tractors.

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(Cow munching at side of very winding hairpin road)

From Spain, good night, Mairead.

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4 Responses to Route 260 in The Pyrenees

  1. Sheldon says:

    Would you not have put your hand out alongside the butterfly, so we could get a real sense of scale in the picture 😉

  2. Mairead says:

    Oh Sheldon, you are so like Denis it’s scary! Yes, he took a picture with a euro coin beside the butterfly but I didn’t think it showed the butterfly at its best. But for you I’m willing to put my artistic sensibilities aside 🙂
    The Butterfly Picture with Sense of Scale:—>

  3. Denis says:

    > you are so like Denis it’s scary

    I’m pretty sure that if it was Sheldon, he would have used a 20cent coin in case the butterfly made off with the Euro.

  4. Sheldon says:

    I did say “put your *hand* out alongside the butterfly”. If you’re worried about the butterfly getting you… think outside of the box… I didn’t say your hand had to be attached to your body 😉

    BTW, I’m a little disappointed about the size of the creature now I see it to scale. As Crocodile’ Dundee would say, “that’s not a butterfly… this is a butterfly” http://img2.moonbuggy.org/imgstore/giant-butterfly.jpg

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