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Day 4: Hills/Treat Blues

June 19, 2016

147k.

Up the Soulour and the Aubisque first, which takes some time, given it’s 29.1 km. Descended with a time trial sportive around us (they went quickly).

aubisque2

Then the Col de Marie Blanque, which was pretty but strange.

And into the cheese country of Ossau Iraty..:

iraty

Then another Col that I will look up the name of another time. Col de Bastard, peut-etre. It started at 15%, and never really got any friendlier. It hurt. Then after 7kms or so it dumped us into a cow poo-ridden valley for a lot of false flat and uphill into buffeting winds until we finally arrived at a non-summit in what looked like one of those really crap parts of Wales. Then the descent was mostly gravelled. We overbrimmed with joy.

Anyway, more to come on this one another time, and more pictures I’m sure. But we’re not staying in pretty (and pretty Basque) St Jean Pied de Port ahead of a 60km roll (no hills, por favor) into Biarritz tomorrow.

A demain, gracias.

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