Someone told me, “The Pyrenees are a theme park for adults who like exercise and eating.”
This idea’s truth rings deep. Unlike the traditional blog, this one is focused on recommended behaviors, and there is exactly one reason for that…I wish I had something written to guide my thinking before I prepared to travel to the most famous cycling mountains in the world. The focus is to help an American prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Cycling the Pyrenees is a dream-event for any experienced cyclist, but it remains a bucket list experience monopolized by Europeans. Hopefully, by combining this blog with my stories and experiences riding the Pyrenees will motivate you to put it on your bucket list.
Here are my 10 to do items to get the most out of this trip.
Plan for eating to be social. In the USA, the evening meal can also be social, on occasion. In France, food at the end of a day is an event without a compromise. Multiple courses, a glass of wine, unlimited bread and butter and lots of time to talk between the courses are normal. Expect a quality of presentation that amazes. More than once, I wanted to take a picture of how beautiful the dishes looked!
To put an order of magnitude on this, I can’t imagine going to the grave without a Pyrenean experience. I am glad that I did it is an understatement.
During the next to last day, during some prayer time on one of the mountains, I remembered that the closing words of Heaven include promises for those who come to him to receive heaven. In my humble opinion, there will be glimpses of the Pyrenees in Heaven.