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PH

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Picos de Europa
« on: September 28, 2019, 12:47:16 PM »
Had a couple of weeks in the Picos de Europa earlier this month, with some friends from the local CTC group.  For those that don't know, this is a hilly area that forms part of the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain.  In a word - Gorgeous.  We stayed in a variety of accommodation from grand hotels to simple rooms, all good. Excellent food and wine at all price points. Not a high millage tour, average around 40 a day, though with the hills that was usually enough and allowed plenty of time to stop and admire the views.  We also had a couple of days with no cycling to do other things including a cable car and gorge walk, so hardly rest days!
I didn't take the Mercury even though it would have been the perfect bike for it,  Instead to take advantage of the ludicrously cheap European coach fares  I took my Airnimal folder, though there's plenty of SJS sourced parts on it.  It was fine, lost less to a full size bike than I expected it to, though if it'd been a flatter faster tour I'd have been at more of a disadvantage.
 Anyway, I could write a thousand words, but hopefully the pictures tell a better story
D4 Morning view by Paul, on Flickr

Album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/phbike/albums/72157711012228606/with/48775569787/
« Last Edit: September 28, 2019, 12:50:18 PM by PH »

Swislon

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2019, 06:10:43 PM »
Fabulous photos Paul, it looks like a place Id love to visit. Many thanks for posting.

Steve

Andre Jute

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2019, 07:23:06 PM »
The photos do indeed tell thousands of words each, especially the peak heights, which give me vertigo! Thank you so much for posting, Paul. Quite made my day.

John Saxby

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 05:46:52 PM »
Stunning, Paul!

Hemingway wrote of "hills like brown elephants" in For Whom The Bell Tolls. It's a nice turn of phrase, but happily, your hills are mostly green, and are much easier on this Canajan's eye :)

PH

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2019, 09:00:46 PM »
Thanks folks, glad you liked them.

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2019, 09:33:45 AM »
A group of us went there a couple of years ago, drove down from Jersey. A beautiful area and hilly, snow in June on one of the peaks. Very green, mainly due to the rain. The food was hearty and very meaty. THis is me with a local, at the top of  Covadonga Lagos, I'm on the right.

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Re: Picos de Europa
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2019, 10:29:34 AM »
Some photos (I didn't take many) from my October 2011 tour, which passed through the Picos.
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