Talking to Jeroen on @the_creative_cyclist_podcast last week about Spainful 2019 (amongst other things) made me think back to that crazy trip we made.
So for the next few days I'm going to share a few pictures of the adventure I had last September with @magnificentmountains & @outsideisfree. For myself & hopefully also for you to enjoy. And make us dream, think & plan better times to come. Because we can never stop dreaming!
This picture is from the 11th & last day, the 4th day we spent in the Basque Pyrenees, where we used Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port as our base camp. That day would see us tackle our Pyrenees Queen Stage as we hit 174km with 5500 metres of climbing, a perfect way to end our trip.
I think this photo was taken on our last or second-to-last climb of the day, where we encountered a flock of sheep, being herded of the mountain to the valley below by a mother with her 2 young sons & 2 sheep dogs (collies if I remember correctly). All in all it took about 25 minutes for the flock to pass us. Quite impressive to see this whole process play out in front of our eyes, and funny too from time to time, when a few of the sheep managed to escape the flock & wander back up the mountain looking for a fresh bite to eat. Only to be driven down again by the sheep dogs under the command of the eldest son.
Thinking back, it felt like a welcome moment of rest too. We had been riding 11 days, 11 tough days, making sure we got back before sunset every evening (which wasn't always the case), All we did was eat, ride, sleep & repeat. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but that moment was the first time we were forced to stop because of An external element & break our routine. As we were standkng there waiting, we were just living the moment & sucking up the beauty, the beauty of life actually, as it unfolded in front of our eyes.
Today we are forced to stop too, stop our normal lives & sit back to look as everything around us unfolds. Often not beautiful. But I believe we should keep our focus on just that, the beauty in life
There will be a time that the road opens up again. - 59 minutes ago