Pyrenees France -- Bikes and Mountains travel blog


I wanted to share the majesty of this area ( and not just the flys and stand up toilets that Jim mentioned to his family ) and I knew that Jim's photographic skills would be pressed into action with teh surroundings -- So I took Jim from Gavernie campsite up to teh Spanish border and then along the valley and up the cols to the Col de dábisque which is the most stunning road -- It teeters on teh edge of teh mountain on very narrow roads that occasionally are tunnelled through solid rock outcrops.

This time when we got to the top the views were amazing -- In teh car park the wild horses were trying to shelter from the strong winds by hiding amongst the cars and camper vans -- so much so that one bloody horse in particular decided it didn't want our van to leave so it stood side on to the van -- Being an animal lover I was just about to ram it and maybe live on horse steaks for a week but some other tourists managed to shoow it away before I made contact. -- Maybe for teh best -- I would have needed a lot more propane to cook that lot

Talking of cooking we made it back to the Lourdes camp that I was in the previous week -- This was the second camp that I'd visited twice in this trip -- I was keen to go back since my previous videos were on a faulty SD Memory Card and Jim had kindly brought a new card with him from the UK and my camera was operational again -- I sensed that Jim wanted to see Lourdes also -- It was also a good stop to give Jim (and me ) a real shower with real hot water -- Prior to his return flight next morning from Pau.

I had bought a disposable bbq and we never got around to getting any steaks so we had hamburger cooked on the BBQ with Mustard Sauce and Potatoes Gratin both cooked in hot water ( bain marie ) -- I tell you what -- It wasn't half bad

After Dinner we went down to the Grotto -- the previous week I had been there on a Sunday and there a was a distinct difference in the numbers now that I was back here on a Monday night ( the day before Bastille day )

Jim commented that he thought the Grotto would have been much busier and i had to agree it was a bit quiet -- But I think with the biggest French holiday and rain threatening and having seen the previous Sunday turnout I think we had just come on a "bad"day



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