Travel Blogs from Salardu
... 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 ...
... an easier shorter route. The drive was great and on the second big climb we encountered dairy cattle wandering all over the road but then ponies too. We stopped at the top and when I went in for a quick pee Lucy called out "Dad they are surrounding our van". Sure enough in the 20 seconds I was in there they had come off the hill and were around the van, obviously looking for some sucker tourist to hand out some bread.As we were travelling the same route we had to ...
... 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
... summer scarf, nice to add some
colour to my backpacker wardrobe, and a small purse perfect for travelling.
From Vielha we headed for Espot to enter
the Aigues Tortes National Park. Coming through the mountains we came across a group of
horses across the road, many tourists had pulled over for a pat so we decided
to get out stretch our legs and meet them. Many were not full-grown and were
very placid, allowing us to pat them attempting to nibble ...
... 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.