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Travel Blogs from Sallent de Gallego - Formigal
I'm sitting here in our Paris apartment waxing lyrically about my climb of the mighty Tourmalet as my last ride in France. It was a ****** rainy morning so I decided to have my only afternoon ride of the holiday.
We set off after lunch for Luz-Saint-Sauveur at the base of the Tourmalet. After yesterday hike up the Hautacam my legs felt like two wet noodles but I had to have a crack at this ...
... in 778ad as a fortress by the Romans. In the 11th century it became a residence of the count go Bigorre. In the 14th century it was extended to encompass more dwellings. It then became a prison in the 16th century. Incredible to see history of that age. We then walked through the town towards the funicular. It is a rail system that goes up a 56% slope pulled by a cable that is counter balanced by the other train, so at half way the carts pass each other on the split track. We went to ...
... climbing that we've done. We started the climb of the Hautacam around 10:00am, there were tens of thousands of people already on the road, there seemed to be well over 1000 camper vans dotted all of the climb, just amazing. The climb is a tough one it only goes at 7.4% but it drops and climbs the whole way, so a lot of the climb is tough then easy. Overall ...
Again breakfast of champions with Jean Jacques. We loaded the van and drove to Luz-St-Sauver. The climb out of the town was great gradual 7%. On brand new hot mix, so smooth. The climb was long at 19klm. The views on the way up was simply amazing, the best views of any climb that we've done. We stayed at the top for an hour to take in the views. Words can't explain the view, the feeling of being on top of the ...
So if you are going to live like "Heidi" you have to look like her as well. We may be in the Pyrennees and not the Alps but everything else resembles the children's book. We are in a Gite (self contained accommodation) literally half way up the mountain outside of the village of Cauterets which we can see down in the valley. We sit on our balcony, glass of wine in hand and look down on the village like ...
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