Les Arches Hotel
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... Didier, good evening. When is your baby due?
Doctor: J’arrive! ( I’m coming!)
I then managed to get Jayne on to the lounge floor with various towels under her and then thought about what I could put in the road as a sign for the pompiers. The only thing there was, was a clothes horse, so I stood that in the road. Bearing in mind that the emergency services are about 45 mins away, I suspected that it would be me doing the delivery. ...
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 ...
... them selves and filling up all sorts of containers from thimble sized up to 20litre drums. Doesn't seem so special if you can take 20litres. We then walked through the town, there are 200 shops simply selling bottles and vials for the water. The town now is a different place then it would have been in its peak. There are now only 350 hotels in operational order, 330 have simple closed down and people have walked away. We then went to the Notre Dame Castle which dominates the ...
After a coffee and croissant at our favorite Boulangerie in Argeles Gasost it was a 6km hike to our corner just above the first village of the Hautacam climb. It turned out to be a great spot with a mountain stream to fill our bidons, shade and a number of Aussies there.
Most of the time was spent people watching with riders and walkers kitted in their team/country colours marching up ...
... 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 ...
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