Hotel Hipic Sascumes
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Today we explored San Sebastian again, it has a very beachy feel working with its reputation, surfers run through town in just a wet suit carrying their boards. It is an odd contrast to the slightly more upmarket feel of the town itself, but it works. We walked through the town center and old quarter, out around the main beach to a famous (yet …
... 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
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 ...
This hotel is worth the price you pay here; private rooms with ensuite were clean and had everything you needed. The place was a little old and worn but met our needs. Being only a short walk to town was also a bonus. Food was simple, cheap but good.
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