F & S Day 3 02/09/11 - Last Day in Spain

The N634 hadn't eased up with traffic when we set off this morning and it looked like the day was going to be a long slog along a busy road. Luckily though after a few hours we passed through some road works and it seemed that most of the traffic was due to them, so the road subsequently emptied out and we were left with more picturesque riding through the Spainish mountains and coast.
We must have been staying quite high up in the hills during the night as we had an absolutely epic downhill through a river valley and then onto a stunning road hugging the cliff into the beautiful beach resort of Zarautz.

We passed a number of beautiful little ports and I remember thinking that this coast would be a stunning place to come on a boat as well as a bike.

I was the first puncture victim of the trip as we came into the town of San Sebastian which as a city proved to be another odd mix of modern and run-down houses.
From San Sebastian the road filled up with trunk road rush hour traffic as we headed to Hendaye, but apart from Francis slashing open a tyre on a shard of brick as we came out of a supermarket car park the rest of the miles seemed to go reasonably quickly despite the slightly mental road.

Arriving in Hendaye I got yet another puncture, which tested our patience a bit, but we got on with it and rode out of the town and up onto a cliff just to the east.

Here we pitched camp for the night on a great site overlooking the lighthouse and cliffs. After dinner we scrambled down the cliff and washed in the sea, while watching the most awesome sunset. Once it had got dark we settled down for the night, happy to have made it into France after a long day in the saddle.


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