Cycling Across the Pyrenees

After presenting at the 2014 World Congress of Environmental History in Guimaraes, Portugal, Connie Etter and I climbed on our bikes on a trip that took us north to Bilbao, then east, across the Pyrenees to Barcelona. Along the way we met wonderful people and I had a chance to think about a new landscape, one with a longer history of intensive habitation. A landscape at once agricultural and recreational, a route across the mountains more densely inhabited than the ones I had previously explored.