Au Revoir France – Hola Spain

The last week saw me spending my last few days in France, leaving the Workaway placement in Olargues and arriving in Spain.

After going to the local festival of the cherrys (Cerises)

Local Festival in Mons Trivalle

Festival of the cherries

Festival of the cherries


Elke and Norbert saw me off, sending me away with bread, locally cured sausage and the ever so important Pain au Chocolat.

Last Photo

Norman, Elke and I

Norman, Elke and I

I headed to Narbonne, picking my way through the picturesque route Norbert had shown me.

Eventually arriving in Narbonne

Narbonne

The Med!


Narbonne centre
Narbonne centre

Narbonne centre


Reaching the Med at Port-la-Nouvelle

What a sight, it doesn’t however show the huge winds

The Med!

The Med!

Where my self imposed alcohol ban failed dismally.

Rich and Family – oh and me

Catching up with Rich B and Family at Canet Plage

Catching up with Rich B and Family at Canet Plage


It was good to see Rich and Family, and to here properly about Steve who has had a horrific cycling accident. Get well soon Steve! See you back on your bike soon.

Oh and the BBQ and Breakfast were great too!

Leaving Canet-Plage, you could see the mountain range I needed to pass coming up soon.

That looks hilly

That's Mountains that is!

That's Mountains that is!


I followed the route to Spain, there were some breathtaking sights.

Very nice view

Awesome views

Awesome views


Until I reached the border
Derelict French/Spanish border crossing

Derelict French/Spanish border crossing


But further down the road there was a nicer sign.

Spain

Espana!

Espana!


I stayed with my first Warm Shower host in Viladamat, Spain. Steve who had toured lots.
Steve from Warm Showers in Viladamat and I

Steve from Warm Showers in Viladamat and I


A guy who’s been on the road for years in Sant Feliu de Guíxols
This guy had covered some miles

This guy had covered some miles


Catalan wants independence
Catalan Grafitti

Catalan Grafitti


Arrived in Tossa de Mar, with nowhere to camp. So thought I’d go for a beer.

English bar

English bar in Tossa de Mar

English bar in Tossa de Mar


On the road to Barcelona, the views were great. I was pulled over by a guy on a motorbike Manuel who was passionate about cycle touring.

Manuel

Manuel the Bomber (fireman)

Manuel the Bomber (fireman)


Barcelona
Blue building in Barcelona

Blue building in Barcelona


Manuel explained that Sitges was a gay town.

Gay Pride

Gay pride

Gay pride


Unfortunately a lot of the beauty spots in Spain have a lot if grafitti and urine smell around.

Not quite Banksy

Rubbish Grafitti

Rubbish Grafitti


After leaving Barcalona, I met Norman
Norman from Germany

Norman from Germany


We saw a procession, horses
Some sort of Fiesta

Some sort of Fiesta


Then Dancing Senoritas
Dancing Senoritas

Dancing Senoritas


The next day there were three, Renas joined us.
And then there was 3..

And then there was 3..


Chatting with Renas on the way to Amposta where I was due to meet Christian from Warm Showers, it was coincidence that he too was stopping there the same night. It later transpired the other hosts I’d failed to stay with as they already had someone staying, that someone was mostly Renas! He had also stayed with Steve and Maccia in Viladomat.

We entered Amposta on the river Ebro

Amposta on the Ebro

Amposta on the Ebro


The next day we ended up on the beach, where I did some washing.
Time for a beer

Time for a beer

And then we relaxed with beer and good food courtesy of Lidl!
Time to Chill

Time to Chill

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