Pyrenees France -- Bikes and Mountains travel blog


Hello Folks !!

Well I picked up Jimbo at Gerona and we hightailed it to the Tourmalet -- We parked in a Aire just off the Autoroute which at Midnight had been quiet and after driving for 6 hours or so enough was enough.( we stopped for some food and a gas stop )

I had to give Jim my bed since he's as tall lying down as standing up and I tried sleeping in the driving seat -- That didn't work so I tried to make the other bed that goes across the cabin with the dining table comprising most of the centre -- That was a bit better and I think I got some sleep at least. Jim thought he didn;t get much but I'm sure he did.

We woke up about 7am and the parking lot was full of like minded travellers -- So we grabbed a quick Coffee and headed for the Tourmalet -- I think we got here just in time and nabbed a good spot just downhill from La Mongie about 5kms from the top and our new neighbor (Belgian) helped us position the rig ( yes its big enough to call it that ) and he pulled in his canopy to allow our windows to fully open. -- very helpful.

The Mountain is FULL of camper vans and assorted tents etc and a not so little community has sprung up -- No one arriving after Noon will get a spot and the race doesn't came through until over 24 hours from now . We have some local spanish basques across from us on top of the concrete structure that protects the road from snow avalanches and they are pretty loud so we can't count on much sleep tonight either -- But this time I'm going to put my (kids) bed together while I'm awake and not try to do it in the dark quietly again.

We walked up to the village and bought some lunch and saw the stage crossing Col d'Agnes. So bring on the tour.

Needless to say so I will anyway -- there is a constant stream of cyclists from all nationalites from Norway to US trying to cycle to the top.



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