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... 1860m altitude, 17.5km to climb
It was all stunning. Today we rode some iconic, tick-the-box climbs. Col du Portillon was an absolute pleasure. Port de Bales was achingly beautiful, even with the last 5km averaging over 10%.
Happily I beat teammate John to the top of both, after stalking him for last 4km on the Port de Bales. He will tell it that ...
... returned with him waking up consistently at 2am. If only he ate like his father.Today is a quick and easy drive, actually the shortest for the two weeks I think of around 40kms though the riders do 120ish. So we will leave here later and cruise on into town after hanging up the washing inside, emptying the grey water, putting out the rubbish, filling up with fuel and getting Ben to eat some breakfast. All electronic gear is charged up and the fridge is cold!Till next time.
... neck is not so great from a breathing perspective if I don't get antihistamines quickly. And it was quite painful, not what I needed as there were many other kinds of pain on offer and I had already made my selection for the day. After I got the bee out of my jersey I found an Iron friend from last week - Spartacus - and we picked up two Brits and a French guy. We all worked (except the French guy ...
... to be her husband who was blind,
down through the rocky tracks, so much trust!
From here we drove our final leg through
the mountains to Valle de Nuria; again in the dark. We found we started up on the ghost stories
again; quite amusing to see our reactions when the GPS got lost and tried to
send us up a dark steep track up the mountain. This was not manageable in our
car, thankfully we called the hostel and received directions, and we were not
... 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.