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Travel Blogs from Lleida
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 ...
... the peloton which meant we got to the finish at 10.30 and weren't expecting Stacie till 4.30.So we parked in the designated car park found some brunch went for a walk but the villages in the Pyrenees don't really cater for the summer kid tourist as those in the Alps did. Rob had finished earlier so they went in search of a decent camping ground as Amy had gone earlier and found a ****** one. They returned soon with good news and we then waited for Stacie who had a bit of a ...
... the final version.......it was comedy gold! But not the kind of publicity the Haute Route organisers want I guess. Thanks for the inspiration Jens. I expect I will be referencing more classic Jens as we hit the monster Pyrenees stages with Port de Bales, Superbagneres, Hautacam, the Tourmalet and Aubisque from tomorrow.
Made cut off by 1.5 hours, even with medical stops, so not too bad. ...
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 ...
... town itself has a very typical central European snow village look and feel to it with the style of buildings located amongst the mountains. At the end of the walk we went into the supermarket to stock up on snacks; on exiting we went through a door that set off an alarm through the building - whoops must have been a fire exit!
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility