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OK, so if you've watched the Stage 2 video, you've got a sense of my view that the Pyrenees is a bit harsher than the Alps. These are brutal climbs. Whilst the stages are, on average, shorter, they are just as tough. The Alps had long stages, up to 165kms, which would take me 8 hours. The Pyrenees, on the other hand, maxes out at 135km, of which only 100km is timed. But ...
... an easier shorter route. The drive was great and on the second big climb we encountered dairy cattle wandering all over the road but then ponies too. We stopped at the top and when I went in for a quick pee Lucy called out "Dad they are surrounding our van". Sure enough in the 20 seconds I was in there they had come off the hill and were around the van, obviously looking for some sucker tourist to hand out some bread.As we were travelling the same route we had to ...
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So Stage 2 of the Haute Route Pyrenees from La Seu d’Urgell to Plan de Beret was going to be a big day for some. We had two people drop out yesterday in the 85km entree. This was much tougher and the sag wagon collected a heap of casualties.
There was 120km to cover, plus a further 20km roll down from the ...
... summer scarf, nice to add some
colour to my backpacker wardrobe, and a small purse perfect for travelling.
From Vielha we headed for Espot to enter
the Aigues Tortes National Park. Coming through the mountains we came across a group of
horses across the road, many tourists had pulled over for a pat so we decided
to get out stretch our legs and meet them. Many were not full-grown and were
very placid, allowing us to pat them attempting to nibble ...
... most of the day sleeping or playing on my Mac whilst the others went hiking in the mountains. In the afternoon i did manage a walk into town with Imogen from some lunch; we shared a set menu and had a local stew; surprisingly filled with chickpeas and some vegetables with the meat and broth, and typically prepared trout.