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4 Day in Heaven - an ARR(21 posts)

4 Day in Heaven - an ARRZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:03 AM
Pyrenees After Ride Report (ARR)

My first time doing something like this. I enjoyed others' reports so I thought why not do one myself.

2nd week of September I spent 4 days in French Pyrenees. We stayed just outside Lourdes. The food, wine, cognac and scenerary were all excellent.

1st day:
on our way to cole de Aubisque, a group of french cyclists catches up to us, after a brief exchange of plesentries, we learn we all are heading the same way, so we get in a pace line and begin drafting. funny happens at the point: they all decide to pull over and go to bathroom! we continue slowly hoping they will come along and do the work together with us, surely enough they catch up to us again but after a small hill... never saw them again.
re: 4 Day in Heaven - an ARRZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:07 AM
At the base of the 1st climb of the day. The fact the there was a sign with description of each kilometer of the climb was a nice thing. But the icing on the cake is, not only there is a sign on the bottom of the pass, but for each kilometer of the climb there was sign telling the grade! Sometimes it made you cringe, though...
descending downZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:19 AM
1km below the pass, on the way down. visible is the sign telling the grade for the next km.

(didnt realize pics were limited to 200k...)
2nd climb of the dayZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:23 AM
2nd climb of the day, noticed the bruised up right arm? i won't comment on that...
At the end of the day we logged in 168km. Good thing that on top of Aubisque we ate and drunk a lot. By the time we got home, I was exhausted. Ate big dinner and went to sleep at 10 p.m. A first for me in a long while!
2nd dayZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:33 AM
I underestimated the climb, run out of fuel and started falling back. Good thing that Mongie (sp) was about 4km before the top, we stopped there to refuel my legs. Beer, wine, and full meal (2 courses) later and I was ready to go on.
Wow, I can only dream....High Gear
Sep 19, 2002 9:44 AM
What a holiday! Thanks for sharing the ride with us. Hope you find a way to cut down the other photos so that we can all drool a little. Maybe you can post them at some other sight and give us a link. Someone on this board will probably know how to do it.
re: 4 Day in Heaven - an ARRZvierBoy
Sep 16, 2002 12:02 PM
Suprisingly, the meal really worked, I made to the top in a good time.
We met a group of French turists there, they very nice people. Amazing, how people in France are receptive of the cyclists. On the climbs very often the people in cars gave you thumbs up, and encouraged you on. And always gave you plenty of room when passing you by.
Encourage you? Can you imagine?Gator
Sep 20, 2002 5:50 AM
Sure beats getting "D" cell batteries thrown at you and getting run off the road!
Lets put some winter clothing on!ZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:43 AM
Dressed up for the descend, it certainly gets cold when coming down! Look at that pesky French dog!!! Can you belive its manners?
Lets put some winter clothing on!rbb
Sep 19, 2002 9:49 AM
Looks like a great trip! Thanks for posting so the rest of us can only day dream about it!! Aah, it's good to escape mentally every so often! Again, pics and story was nice.
Take care

Pesky French dogms
Sep 19, 2002 11:43 AM
LOL. During the two weeks I was in France in July, I did not see one dog pick up his leg. But, given the number of French humans I saw urinating on the road, I think that public urination is a national pastime -- not that I object, I joined in the fun. Now that I am back home in the US I have to be a little more discreet -- I once represented a pro bono client who was arrested for indecent exposure on one of the county roads where I ride (he was not cycling and there was more to it than a pit stop).

Great pictures.
3rd dayZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 9:51 AM
1st climb, this one was a breeze. On this day we did 3 climbs that are quite seperated, so we drove in a car between the climbs. Not many kilometers logged in that day. Just pure climbs and the coasting back down.

Here is Casartelli's monumet half up(down) the col de aspet.
In retrospect, maybe I should have taken the pic of the monument without me in it. Sometimes you learn the best from your own mistakes.
Sep 19, 2002 6:43 PM
As he comes screaming out of the closet. Many are thinking it but won't say it. LMAO
Is this necessary?ms
Sep 20, 2002 7:11 AM
I get tired of rednecks in trucks yelling "f@ggot" or the like when they pass, my 13 year old daughter saying "Dad, you look so gay in those bike clothes," etc. I would hope that fellow cyclists would not feel inclined to heap on the homophobic comments. Given my libertarian/First amendment views on speech, I am very reluctant to criticize someone for saying whatever is on his or her mind. But, here we have someone who has posted interesting pictures of his vacation, which I enjoyed viewing. If people on this board feel that their stance or attire in a photo is going to bring snide remarks, we probably will see fewer such posts. From my perspective, this would be a loss.
Sep 20, 2002 12:56 PM
I wasn't referring to the clothing but rather the pose. It was a joke moron.
2nd climbZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 10:00 AM
Another pass and another pose. Here I am holding Tomasso's bike. As for his bike, out of the 4 days there 3 times (1 each day) it was loaned out to motorists taking pictures!
It is a nice ride. In fact, so nice I am thinking of buying the Scapin EOS3 now... But do I need a 3rd bike, let's not even get started, right? :-)
up and down againZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 10:12 AM
3rd pass of the day, lesson of the day:the weather does change fast in mountains.

We had an excellent race here. I attacked little about 6 kilometers from the top. Twice Tomasso tried to reel me in (purposefully I slowed down a bit to make him chase me and then as he came close I scooted away, hoping to tired him down) and his attacks failed. The 3rd time il Lupo(wolf - as he called himeself), attacked, it/he was determined and I took a heavy pounding. He passed me 1.5km away from the top, I never caught up to him again. Had I waited one more km before launching my attack... Haven't we all said this at some point or another?
Last dayZvierBoy
Sep 19, 2002 10:23 AM
Final climb of the vacation.

The empty buildings behind are the French-Spanish border crossing. After the 28km climb for lunch we had: beer, wine, apetizer, paella, dessert, coffee, and chased it all down with exellent local porto. After all this (alcohol) we made sure the return leg of the trip was really slow! :-)

We joked all along the descend, stopped numerous times to takes pictures. We took pics with Momma and baby donkies! They weren't very cooperative with me, so we raced them about 600m down the road to get ahead of them! It worked, I got of the bike, the donky family approached me and we took a picture with the little guy/girl sniffing my gloves.

Never before the two us descend so slow. It took us about 1.5 hours to come down the 28km. But it is the most memorable descend of the entire trip.

On way out of Pyranees, we made one more stop. In Provence, near Avignon... Any ideas why? ;-)

re: ...we made one more stop. In Provence, near Avignonphilippe crist
Sep 19, 2002 1:45 PM
Chateauneuf du Pape....
For Ventoux?teoteoteo
Sep 19, 2002 2:25 PM
To be honest you should have skipped Lourdes and done for days in Provence. Just my opinion though. Didn't like the exploitation going on in Lourdes.
Sep 20, 2002 12:15 AM
Well, just like the saying goes - there is always the next time.
For what it is worth, we went to Lourdes only once, in a afternoon for about 3 hours. The rest of time was spent either sleeping, eating or in te mountains.