11th June 2013

Well I had my first day biking in the Pyrenees and it was brill. It was hard, the off-road was tough and I had to carry the bike and trailer at one part of the ascent, but it was so much better than all that tarmac through Valencia. And the view from the pass made it all worth it

I met some Spanish chaps who were doing the same route, so I think this route, which I picked up off the internet, is an established Mountain biking route. This is good; it makes it far more likely it will work out. I was very pleased as I managed to hold down a 5 minute conversation with them in Spanish. Admittedly it was about bikes and routes which is my area of vocab specialisation, and god knows how I was mangling the grammar, but we all seemed to know what was going on.

The scenery in this area is gorgeous, as before. It’s very lush and looks like England on a sunny day…just with bigger mountains.

You don’t get mountains like this in England.

It was a total distance of 54km and 1800m of ascent, which is my longest and biggest off-road day so far. I was so pleased to have made it and started in the Pyrenees that when I got to Pont de Suert I celebrated with a cigar.

You can get more highlights from the video diary.

For the bikers using this route, note that Pont de Suert has 2 bike shops on the main street, neither of which appears on google maps (the normal way of finding a bike shop).

Published by jhalstead1

This is my blog of my trip around Spain, off road, on my mountain bike. The story is told in full in my book "Three Wheels on my Bicycle", available on Amazon in Kindle or hardback.

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