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Mountains of Europe
17-05-13 Toulouse to Jaca, Spain
Today I awoke and looked out the hotel window expecting to see dark grey clouds and rain!! However I was totally wrong and the sky was blue with not a cloud to be seen. Great, I thought, we are in for a grand day on the bikes.
As we still had two days to get to …
Borrowed Jacques little Renault today and set off into the Pyrenees for the day. About half an hour out of Pau you get to the foot of the mountains and start climbing. Stopped in a little village called Laruns to grab a coffee and turned out it was the start of their summer festival so we stuck around for an hour and watched the parade through the village in traditional attire. After that headed further up the mountains to Artuste ski ...
... there seem to be two possible walks from Nerin - one to the Cuello de Arenas, a col to the north, and one to Mondoto, a peak above the Anisclo Canyon to the east. They both appear to be at about 1950 metres (starting from 1300), but the col looks like it might give better views of the high peaks, so that's the one I go for.
The path initially cuts off several of the zigzags followed by the dirt road, and then joins it for a while. There are ...
... good as this one. And besides, there's a bit of cloud descending on the high peaks now.
After lunch, I drop back down to the meadow - there are quite a few people on the path now and even more down by the waterfall. It's about as warm as it's been all day (I'm grateful for the relatively cool weather after the last two days) but storm clouds are now building to the west. And sure enough, just as I get back to the treeline again, today's thunderstorm starts.
... middle ages and for 10 miles or more I'm bumping along at less than 30mph instead of my previous 60+.
After a bit, things do improve slightly beyond the slightly touristy town of Nuevalos, where there's a reservoir. The road gets a bit wider and slightly less twisting, but is still appallingly surfaced all the way to Calatayud.
It's here that I feel compelled to abandon my "no motorways" policy for a time. I reckoned on this being one of the longer journeys of ...
A really nice and friendly hotel. We were welcomed and treated with great respect. rooms great and restaurant/food great. Would stay again anytime
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