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... Sunday's parade was interesting. A few tatty Yankee cars and a handful of Harley Davisons. Not quite what we expected. And then another long lunch in the sun at Cazes. Monday is market day in Castelnaudary. And it's a people's market, not a tourist market. And for dinner we went to Revel to the American diner.
Tuesday was windy and intermittent cloud. But in the morning we visited Revel shopping and it tipped down with rain. Over the other ...
... actually you're right. Despite a mass of visiting walking tourists, nothing in Saint-Larry Soulan was open. Apparently this was their time to close prior to the winter rush. The best meal we could rustle up was a pizza. Who eats pizza in France? Our Irish B&B friends, who stayed here for a week, ended up popping over to Spain for a hearty meal. (I enjoyed writing that last sentence)
Speaking of Spain, time to head there ourselves.
... We ended up following part of the Tour de France, stopping at Lac de Payolle. This is in the Pyrenees national park. You can camp where you like. Bikers, cyclists, walkers, cars and vans all live happily alongside ponies and cattle. The cows have a leader who wears a bell.
The daytime is high twenties, but the night is chilly. There are two or three souvenir shops and cafes at the edge of the park, but nothing ...
... Arreau. It’s not far along the valley to Avanjan, where we started our last climb of the day. The Col de Peyresourde (1569m) is another legendary climb. The gradient soon ramps up and stays fairly steady, though it eased off a little as we got higher up. The road takes us through open pasture, which allows us to see the spectacular views all around. We then had a fantastic 15km descent into the lovely mountain spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon 113km (70 ...
... of poorly people being wheeled about by nurses. Unbelievable! Nuns, priests and nurses everywhere. Holy water being sold in plastic bottles!! Lots and lots of statues of Mary. Some bigger than me. Oh, id love to put one in our neighbours front garden. They would love it!! Glad I saw Lourdes for myself. Shocking. But, each to their own. Moving on tomorrow for ...