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Lourdes is based on miracles. Not miraculous stuff found in books eight and a half centuries ago, not magical hagiographic type-stories that sound the same for every single saint, not naturalistic phenomena that strain credibility, but the kind of miracles that sick people pray for every day, and that parents and children dream about. The "I-threw-away-my-crutches-and-never-nee ded-them-again" kind of miracles that defy medical science (is that the right term today?) ...
After Carcassonne we headed away to find a restaurant that Patrick and Jerome had raved about. Best Bean Cassoulet in the world! Took a while but we found it, and Eric the chef, who informed us that they were fully booked and couldn't seat us today. Never mind.
Headed in a roughly southwest direction looking for back roads to Andorra. Ended up staying Foix the night, Stuffed from some hard out riding, but happy.
The grotto was beautiful. The rock walls were freezing to the touch. But there was a sense of tranquility as we sat and prayed. Cherry and I walked the mountain to see the Stations of the Cross and drank the Holy Water from the Grotto. There were lots of people waiting to go into the baths but you weren't allowed to watch. We purchased little bottles to take some Holy Water home but you could buy 5 ...
Caught the train to Lourdes. It is six hours from Paris but we had been looking forward to seeing the grotto where Bernadette saw the Virgin Mary. The basilica is magnificent. Lourdes is picture postcard. It is tranquil and the river runs through the town. There is a fort high up on ...
Day Six: Argeles to St Pierre de Pont. 150km, 3350m of ascent.
We knew this had potential to be a tough day. One hundred and fifty kilometres with 3350 of ascent is a tough day by itself. But day six……?
Once again, the weather dawned cloudy and damp but with a good forecast. We were up before the dawn with another ferry of bikes and people up to Argeles.
Today we had four climbs. The Col de Solour and Col D’Aubisque were ...