Domaine de Menaut
Travel Blogs from St.-Martory
I started the day off with a picturesque run along a country road into the town of Aren, I ran past typical looking French houses and with the Pyrenees in the back ground it was just beautiful. When I got back Rhys was up and about getting all packed up, I had a quick cold shower then we were on the bikes heading for the Pyrenees. Luckily it was a lovely day so we had a magical view of the mountains as we approached them. We filled up just before the mountain pass began then we ...
... gradient increases to 8-5% and stays much the same until you reach the top.
Whilst the temperature was moderate at the base of the Col, as you ascended the temp fell away and at the top it was very cold and misty. We only stopped long enough to take photos against the Col de Soulor sign before setting off for the Aubisque. Another 8kms to reach the summit and some scary roads along this route, made scarier by the poor visibility, wet roads and the ...
... soothing and relaxing.
Lunch today consisted of a pizza from a little cafe in Arreau. We were on a short time schedule and given how slow the service always is in France, we had to scoff our pizzas down in super quick time. Didn't matter though...they were good tucker.
Lazy afternoon, watching Matt Goss come 2nd again, glancing out the window...has that bloody rain stopped yet?
At least I can catch up with my email and blog
... and then the riders.
As always there was a mad scramble when the caravan went past...people everywhere. When we finally had a rider reach us it was none other then Thomas Voeckler....so the French locals went crazy.
Poor old Cadel Evans was a fair way back and sadly his challenge is finished for this year. As the French would say "l'annee prochaine"
We spent a lot of hours in the sun yesterday so the tan lines are really noticable now. Good news is no sunburn.
... custom floats promoting the sponsors' products and services paraded through the streets. These vehicles threw samples, promotional items, and other “trash and trinkets” to the crowds. The children had fun getting as much of the free booty as possible.
This part of the event was like a marketing blitz combined with a circus coming to town. It was fun to watch, and we even scored a cap from ...