As I write this I feel almost too tired come up with the words… we have just conquered the mighty Col du Tourmalet today via a 66 mile round trip. A serious tweak that involved carrying our bikes through several mini-snowfields at one point as the pass is technically closed.
On top of this we notched up about 85 miles in two days in Hossegor. After which we took a day off and drove down the road to Biarritz to say a quick hello and a dip in the sea followed by a beach shower… true hobos. Then we drove for another 2 hours or so into the Pyrenees to reach our current location in Luz St Sauveur which is a beautiful little village right up in the mountains. Over the last few days we’ve ticked off the classic Tour de France climb of the Luz Ardiden (a 30 mile round trip) and the Col de Spandelles (via a 55 mile round trip).
We leave Luz St Sauveur tomorrow morning as it looks like the weather is about to turn – everyone here is waiting for the first proper snows of winter to arrive so I think they’ve been quite amused by the two crazy Brits cycling around the place and drying their washing in the Carrefour car park!
Here’s a few more pictures.