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Cycling, Wine and Cultural Tours in the Dordogne, Pyrenees and Southwest of France.

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  • Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Varela (aka the Barnacle) and Oral (aka Happy Black - at this moment). Both riders returning for the third and second time on this epic trip.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Pictures never do justice to the real beauty of the landscapes in the Pyrenees.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Plane tree lined roads ... quintessential France.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    This is a massive cave in the limestone rock. A few minutes later we rode through the tunnel and discovered what it looks like inside (see below).

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    It is always a pleasure to ride through the small villages.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Here we are in the town of Mirepoix, famous for it's medieval history, with a bastide that dates back to the 14th century. Here is the church, with spectacular Gargoyles (see pictures below).

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Note the bird perched on the head ... too cool.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    I find it incredible to stop and think that these post and beams of oak date back to the 14th century.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    This is a covered terrace, probably from the 19th century (cast iron and steel), that serves as shelter for the covered weekly market.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Odds and ends of the 14th century medieval structures and streets.

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling

    Across the Pyrenees Epic Cycling