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... centres supplied us with food. We were able to get some more suction (ventouse) hooks from Gifi.
Then we had a long drive, mostly on Autoroute, to an aire at Salles sur L'Hers. We have used it before, but it is fine although quite sloping. The commune provide electricity, although only one socket was working. So we piggy backed onto a frenchman's lead.
And the sun is shining. So we sat in the sun and enjoyed a glass or two of vino.
... mountain walks, well in a snowless autumn anyway. On a recommendation from our hosts, we ventured off to find a four hour walk to see and capture a couple of mountain lakes. As per usual we got there the hard way but the adventurous way. After one hours driving through the most picturesque terrain imaginable, we discovered a tunnel which separated France from Spain. So we popped over to Spain for a visit. Our walk was definitely in France, so, we ...
... hair-pin bends. This is the section which saw the tragic death of young Italian rider Fabio Casartelli, who in 1995 crashed while descending on a stage of the Tour. Our descent was steep to start with, but then became a lovely rolling downhill through villages and green pastures, all the way down to the small town of Saint-Girons. 82km (51 ...
... Arreau. It’s not far along the valley to Avanjan, where we started our last climb of the day. The Col de Peyresourde (1569m) is another legendary climb. The gradient soon ramps up and stays fairly steady, though it eased off a little as we got higher up. The road takes us through open pasture, which allows us to see the spectacular views all around. We then had a fantastic 15km descent into the lovely mountain spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon 113km (70 ...
... than the first. The half cookie, half ice cream bar dipped in chocolate was the perfect combination and balance of sandwich and bar. Feeling wired from the sugar we jumped on our bikes with no intention of going far to find a site to camp. As it turned out we rode for 32 kms and crossed the border into France! Good thing we picked up the map yesterday, we got here sooner than ...