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... so heat exhaustion and dehydration were not the threats they were for yesterday's cyclists.
Our nominal route today included 6 "Cols"; admittedly, a couple of them were pretty close together. The BIG peaks were Col de Pailheires (2001m) and Col de Jau (1500+m), and they were NOT close together! It was a long day of cycling and climbing, punctuated ...
... little in the way of civilzation on the route today and we had to be resourceful and keep our eyes open for food and water. On the descent from Col du Garavel I spotted a spring with potable water in Bousquet, so I pulled over an loaded up for the climb to Col de Jau.
Eleven kilometres of relatively easy slopes--or was I just in better shape now, and hydrated?--and we were at Col de Jau, looking down at a 27-km run-out to Prades.
The bottom half of ...
... it quite achievable. We then carried on, but having been told by the woman at our last hotel that restaurants etc would not be open on a Monday, we stopped at a grocery store at 1215, and ate our lunch in the parking lot. We had not gone more than 2 Kms after that when we found lots of places where we could have sat like civilized people. Our route then joined the day's route for the last 30-40kms. As ...
... shorter, faster N20 to the end.
Arriving just after 3pm, we were on our way to the Niaux caves by about 3:30pm and we got there at 4pm. It was definitely worth going. The drawings were impressive--the representations of animals were fairly realistic and the lines were still bold after thousands and thousands of years. But just actually being able to see some of the oldest surviving creations of people was a special experience. ...
... obstructions there are, so I continued on and in due course met someone coming the other way who confirmed the road was passable, but advised caution.
In a slight departure from the norm, I chatted with an Australian couple at the top before heading down on a narrow descent through the trees that eventually opened up into larger road on which I probably set a speed record as it ...