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    Day 1.343 – Bienvenue en France! (UK)

    N of Gerona (SP) -> Fitou (FR)
    Distance (km) : 109
    Time on bike : 6h 19m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 17.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 42.8
    Total (km) : 59.897
    Altitude: 5 m
    Difficulty: 4½

    Waking up this morning is exciting – not only because it’s my last day waking up in Spain, but also because my nylon bubble is covered in frost this morning.

    Frosty morning north of Gerona, Spain...

    Frosty morning north of Gerona, Spain...

    France is getting closer. WT country # 49.

    No officers, no passport stamps (and hallelujah for that ‘cos I’ve got no space at all left in my passport – the same as I left Denmark with, 48 countries ago), no real satisfaction of crossing this border at Le Perthus.

    The border between Spain and France. No passport control since 1995 here.

    But excitement comes as soon as the snowcapped Pyrenees appear in the distant West. The 430 km long mountain range (highest point, Pico d’Aneto at 3.404 m.a.s.) separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of continental Europe.

    To me it seems like Mother-France and Father-Spain was separated by the (geographically speaking) natural border that is The Pyrenees, with Andorra – the child of broken parents that couldn’t decide which side it belonged to and thus settled comfortably right between mum and dad.

    Snowcapped Pyrennees in the background...

    Lovely, innit?

    Temperatures have dropped dramatically since I left Barcelona just a few days ago. It’s going to be a long and cold December.

    First lunch break in France...

    First lunch break in France...

    Tune of the Day:
    I Make Hamburgers – The Whitlams

    (I’ve enjoyed the lyrics to this song from Australian The Whitlams several times over the last decade or so. Maybe I should start making hamburgers for two instead of eating meatballs for one)…

    Late afternoon self-portrait...

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    Near Fitou, France and my spot for the night...

    The WhitlamsI Make Hamburgers

    My first customer was Megan
    She came in for a hamburger with the lot – no meat
    “Hey that’s a salad roll” I said and we started going out

    My second customer was Susan
    she came in for Diet Pepsi morning tea
    Each day and I said “You don’t need to be on a diet.
    Do you wanna come out tonight?”

    I said “I’ll bring Gringo he’s got a lot of money
    And he’ll take us to the bars where they’ve got a view.
    He’ll buy us all those beers they give it to you in bottles
    They put lemon in the top it don’t taste too bad I’m telling you”

    My third customer was Maria she came in for hot chips and sauce
    “More sauce” she said. I said “now you’re talking”
    and she took me home to meet her mother

    My fourth customer was Sandy she came in for nothing I could see except me
    So it was I too, was eating a hamburger of sorts within an hour

    I make hamburgers I get all the girls
    and I take ’em out to dinner and I give ’em all a whirl
    and If they work I keep ’em If they don’t I keep ’em too
    But I teach ’em all how to be dirty girls like you

    On this day..


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