Day 67 – EU – France [Port Vendres to Rivesaltes]

10th February 2020
Run: 42km

Farewell to my parents, on my own again and a new landscape with a Pyreneans background

I left the beautiful seaside town of Port Vendres in the wee hours, and went on to run across Collioure and Argeles, other gems by the sea of the Eastern Pyreneans region. On my first morning run in France, I could not resist a stop at a local “boulangerie” for a “pain au chocolat” break… fresh out of the oven, France is delicious I thought!

The run continued inland and I was amazed to be graced the whole time by the Pyreneans snowy summits in the background. How magnificent. I passed by several villages before I hit the big town of Perpignan. It was pleasant to cross, with wide pavements and leafy suburbs. I was positively surprised by how many people smiled and “bonjour’ed” me!

 

 

After I left Perpignan, I had a few hurdles on the way to my final destination. I came across some flooded (secondary) roads (see picture) that did require me to take my shoes and socks off, and go barefoot across. Then I had about 3km of very rocky trail amongst vineyards, towards the end, which set me back to near walking-pace.

Having had three family visits since the start of my journey (Day 1 with my parents in Lisbon, Christmas break with my full family in Seville, and the past 5 days to the Pyreneans with my parents) I notice the next day(s) are always a bit of a challenge. Having company makes me realise how very little social time I have. Between my run, lunch, reporting, nap and sleep time, I have only a few hours a day of availability to others. I would like to be more flexible with this… Maybe something to work on over the next few weeks.

Check my daily run GPS data on Garmin or Strava (icons top right of your screen) – here is the map of today’s run:

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