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Bilbao to Cherbourg June 2013 advice please

Dellboyo 31 Dec 11:09  

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After tackling Lejog last year I've decided to go for a sunnier ride this year. So I'm planing to start in Bilbao and head to Cherbourg. I'm planing on about 90 miles a day and staying in accommodation rather than camping. Any advice, maps/ routes or accommodation advice would be much appreciated. Logistic and bike transportation was the most difficult part of last years expedition, so I'd like to get ahead of the game this year. Cheers in advance

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txbnet 31 Dec 11:54  

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Hi Dellboyo

We've planned similar journeys, I did Lejog 2011 and like you went for Spain and France in April 2012. I took the ferry to Santander from Plymouth and planned cycling to Cherbourg. However, with family living near to St Malo, I returned to the UK from there after spending a few rest days with family.

The Spanish days were very challenging but by far the best part of the trip. The west of France is very flat, very straight roads and many scrubland views.

I wrote a blog here if you want to read more, I wish I'd gone a bit more inland instead of hugging the coastline.


Very good luck with the trip, I have some Garmin GPX files recorded from the journey if you'd find them of use.


My Latest Route: Jan 2011 Whitley Bay to Bellingham

Dellboyo 02 Jan 21:27  

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Thanks tony.

Yes the maps would be great. Looking at the ferries today. It looks as though we will bw heading south from cherbourg to Santander. Hoping to do it in 8-9 days

winnersh cyclist 06 Jan 21:44  

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save yourself a load of effort get a smart phone with Local sims both available with cheap data online / ebay and a battery extender sI have the Energiser Xpal 18000 gives more than 4 days of use on single charge and a Xpal 2000 a smaller unit adds about 4 hours .
I would recommend you get activated SIM for France as its easier than going over and getting on activated took me 4 days of visiting Orange unhelpful shops but for €10 you get unlimited data for a month
This with Nav Free and Google will assist in not having to carry maps and also good for finding accommodation and food.

Otherwise good luck


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