Magnum Opus

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San Martin Church, Fromista, Camino.


Camino


On the Camino


A friend in the French Pyrenees on the climb to Bielsa Tunnel. The drop from the tunnel to Ainsa is phenomenal.


Me on way down. Our first time ever in Spain and second continental tour, 1991


Col du Tourmalet. 11 miles of 8.5% average. Our first (of many) HUGE climbs.


Paul starting the descent of the mighty Col du Tourmalet


Piana in Corsica. Shot on 35mm slide film. This is the most beautiful place. Been there three times.


Porto, near Piana. Totally stunning.


Porto

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8 comments on “Magnum Opus”

  1. Patrick wrote:

    The Post is not split Garry but the 'more' tag needs to be in near the top (as the home page shows only the start of each Post). Some stunning photos but the depth of the Post and the number of bytes that need to be loaded with them all can take a while. Worth the wait though!

    A magnum opus indeed (we are cycling the Mosel valley this year).

  2. Kern wrote:

    Some terrific shots here. They really illustrate how much territory one can actually see from a bicycle.

    I have a photo of Mary climbing that first hill in the Cape Breton car ad scene. I stopped and waited for her to ride ahead so I could get her with the telephoto. Even at that you can hardly see her because of the distance. A great setting, though.

    Sheffrey Pass still stirs. Ireland was a great ride for us.

  3. Garry Lee wrote:

    If you've not cycled the Mosel then you've a treat in store. Make the small diversion to see Burg Eltz. Try to stay in Hotel Zum Anker in Diez. Small town, fab hotel with restaurant on the water. See Berncastel Kuez. Then do the Lahn. That's excellent. See Nassau, Limburg, Wetzlar, and Marburg. You can get the train back to Koblenz (not great itself).

  4. Patrick wrote:

    Thanks Garry. Noted.

    Favourite is Elgol. Fine photos of the Highlands and Western Isles, my (late) father's favourite place in the world. The Old Man of Storr is the same sort of feature as the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Skye's Cuillin Ridge which he walked/climbed twice in his life, together with all 283 Munros – mostly during the 1980s (before digital cameras and DIY colour photography).

  5. Hilary wrote:

    Wow! What a collection!

    Fine photos of the Highlands and Western Isles, my (late) father's favourite place in the world

    Mine too. Although I am very happy on the Isle of Wight those photos of Mull and Ardnamurchan make me feel quite homesick! I lived up there for 12 years and it gets a hold on you somehow. The cottage below the Gribun cliffs belongs to the sister of Mairi who I used to work with! I'm a retired Munro bagger – still about 20 to go.

  6. Patrick wrote:

    You must do those last 20 some day Hilary (although I can understand the logistical problem from the Isle of Wight). As he became older it gave my father enormous satisfaction to have done them all.

  7. Ken wrote:

    Super holidays, super photos! I've really enjoyed your pics and commentaries and appreciate the effort you made. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Daniel wrote:

    Chapeau, Garry! That's a lifetime's worth of pics for most folks' lifetimes.. but I guess that people like us make more time for stuff like this :-) A great selection of some truly evocative pics. I'm glad to say I recognise a fair few, mostly those in Scotland and County Cork.. good choices!

    The castle you can't recognise on its own little island รก la Eilean Donan is Castle Stalker, off Appin in Loch Linnhe (the continuation of the Firth of Lorn), just up from Lismore. (For those of you who don't recognise this – it's between Oban and Fort William, a bit south of where Glencoe meets the sea.) This is in fact the castle Monty Python used in Holy Grail – it's far more isolated than Eilean Donan, which though on an island, is so close to the 'shore' that a small bridge connects it to dry land. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Stalker for more about the place!

    Cheers for giving me a bit more of the bug to visit more of the world by bike. Next stop Alps, I reckon..

    Dan

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