I left off a couple weeks ago with our time in Bayonne and evening outing to Biarritz.
The next morning we enjoyed the abundant hotel breakfast in crowded quarters, each doing their own thing. Mike sat with German travelers and had a delightful conversation. They highly recommended the Gugenheim Museum in Bilbao. We tucked that away on our wish list for another time.
|Dane and his mother sharing a table|
As usual, getting organized and on the road was slow.
We, the van riders took a lunch break in Hendaye, still in France, right across the river from the town where our friends live in Hondarribia.
I was feeling antsy, eager to arrive in our favorite town. (Read about a previous visit here.)
Finally we were over the border, a very unimpressive crossing.
Nor was the cobble stone climb fun for the cyclists.
However, meeting up with the cyclists in that plaza was a memorable highlight of that beautiful day.
Some went inside for coffee or into the tourist office.
I called our friend Edurne to let her know we were in town. She couldn't meet us and did not think that her neighbor Gonzalo could either. He had so wanted to join the cyclists and show them his favorite route.
Then it was time for the cyclists to walk their bikes back down the cobbled incline and take off for Mt. Jaizkibel. This was a change of plan, all because Gonzalo so highly recommended it. Like how could they miss such a beautiful lookout point.
What a surprise to find Gonzalo waiting to accompany them! He probably took this picture when they reached the peak. He not only rode with the team, he also took Tate to the top of the top. And then he had to ride all the way back home!
The vans went on to San Sebastián (Donosti) to our accomodation for the next two nights--Olarian, a student residence/hotel where many interesting statues welcomed us.
And several real people as well! We were pleasantly surprised to see Brad, a fellow-Uplander, recently arrived to check out the place where he will be bringing Taylor University students next January.
|Brad Seeman; Idoia and Alazne|
Many began dispersing, heading for the beach within walking distance.