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Well it didn't take long and we were once again in the Peugeot doing 130kph. The 630 km trip to Soulan in the Pyrenees would go quick at this pace, so would our coins. Those nasty toll machines seemed to be getting more greedy by the kilometer.
These next couple of nights hadn't been pre-booked, so the planned (or not so planned) intention was to "wing" it.
On arrival at the skiing resort town of Saint- Larry Soulan we were having ...
... started to climb slightly as we rode alongside the river to Luz-Saint-Sauveur; once through the town we reached the official start of the climb of the Col du Tourmalet (2115m). First used in the Tour de France in 1910, it was an unpaved road which was in terrible condition. Apparently many of the cyclists were nervous of riding because of the bears that frequented the area. Nowadays the road surface is smooth and the wildlife much tamer, but the length and ...
... We wandered around town and grew weary of the scene pretty quick. Vielha turned out to be a trendy popular ski resort. We headed back to the lobby to use the Internet, swap photos, update Facebook statues and pics, and email home. We were trying to treat as much of the day as possible as a rest day and do a little as we could of our chores. But, the bikes still needed ...
... pretty much insists I have the entrecôte steak instead, the very,very best cut of meat that the hotel, nay even Navarre or maybe the whole of Spain has to offer. Well ok.
Fact is it is also pretty tough and it is huge. I mange about a quarter of it. We didn't see the manager again before we left the next morning. Maybe he did shoot himself.
... the reception my passport so she could record all the needed information, when she opened it up and assessed the photo she question if it was really mine. Slightly shocked and speechless I assured her that yes It was me, why I asked... Flustered she responds with, the lady in the photo is so elegant.. You do not lol the same, are you sure this isn't your sister? Laughing I promised it was me, took the room key and headed up. It didn't take long for either ...