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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 ...
... find dinner and ran into John and Greg somehow(our other 3fidi friends) so we had a great dinner within a square where the kids could play. Downside to car park was that it was never quiet with trucks coming and going all night but it did allow us a quick start to the race.Lucy has been going really well on this trip so far but young Ben continues to give us grief. His normally big eating patterns aren't there, hence he gets defiant quite a lot and his night terrors have ...
... fantastic day, but the views on the descents were a fabulous reward for the climbs. Marg, another Iron Lady about the same age as me (so quite old) won the stage today. She is awesomely strong! And a great character on the course.
The official report on the stage is here.http://www.hauteroutepyrenees.org/ en/news/view/the_going_gets_tough_on_st age_2_of_the_haute_route_pyrenees
tried to get them off the road with little success.
To get to the National Park we had to park
the car in the village and pay for a taxi, a jeep like 4wd. They do not allow
personal vehicles to enter the parks as a means to preserve them. I therefore
find it interesting that they allow dogs. The alternative is to do the couple
of hour hike in but as Mette was having increasing troubles with her knees and
Ruben with his ankle we paid ...
... 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.