Crossing the Pyrenees into Spain

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I'd not realised until last night that maybe the Pyrenees might be snow covered. From about 50 km away I could see plenty of snow. These mountains reach heights of 4000m and host about 20 ski resorts. I did pass cars with skis on top!  Hmmm I'm beginning to wonder what to expect. The road is getting narrower and more windy, temp dropping! 

 

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The sun was shiny which gave me dry roads and the riding was heaven sent. A few tunnnels and the highest part of the road was 2200 m, 500 m higher than the Great Alpine Road with more turns and more spectacular scenery. 

 

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Plenty of melting snow giving the rivers that icey torquiose colour.  

when I reached the top of the pass, still in France there were some people out cross country skiing, others hiking on snow shoes, some picnicking and others picking crocus! 

 

 

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Then down the southern slopes though a couple of ski resorts and into Spain. 

 

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By comparison the Spanish tunnels are bigger and better, the weather warmer and drier and I feel modestly elated that I've ridden over the Pyrenees. Now I'm ready for some mushroom paella and hot chocolate with churros served to me by Zorro!! 

 

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