Day 66 – EU – Spain/France [Figueres SP to Port Vendres FR]

9th February 2020
Run: 42km

Crossing into France, through the Pyreneans, towards the French Mediterranean coast

What a day! I set out this morning and for the first time, without pushing BoB. My parents had offered to help me for the crossing of the Pyreneans, hence their presence by my side for the past few days. The trail I had chosen to use would have been impractical for a stroller and I was glad to have the possibility to let go of BoB for a day.

Though I found my pace quite quickly as usual, I noticed my posture was less obvious to maintain. BoB indeed, by being in front of me and my hands moving constantly towards its handlebars to push it as I run, “helps” me maintain a very straight posture. I do not slouch or bend as I run, even as I get tired. So it was a bit of an adjustment to have my hands free and to not hang on to anything.

As it turned out, once I got to the Spanish / French border, at the “Col de Banyuls”, I was out of internet connection. Unable to locate the trail I had elected to run on, without GoogleMaps, I ended up running on the road, towards the French Coast. I noticed the change in the greetings, as I ran through a few villages, “bonjour!” had replaced the “hola!” I had become accustomed to.

I made it to Port Vendres just in time for lunch. Worth noticing the French do eat their lunch much earlier than the Spanish! I was particularly hungry as I had no snacks with me today. I was carrying a Camelbak with 2 litres of water, my GPS and Satellite devices… but forgot to pack in the snacks!

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