April 21, 2006 - 3.0
This route runs from Vielha on the N230 in the Spanish
Pyrenees to Bagneres De Luchon on the French side and
takes in the Col Du Portillon.
Three of the attached
photos are of the N230 between Vielha and Bossst.
nice road in interesting surroundings but has it's fair share
of traffic so chill out and go with the flow.
At Bossòst we took a left onto the N141
aka the Col Du Portillon. It's a nice route
which had some fresh tarmac when we visited with plenty
of variety. It is frequented by cyclists, some of whom
must have taken up riding when God was a boy. I swear
one lady was well into her nineties!
The road climbs
nicely towards France and this is evident by the greenery
that surrounds you. There are a few nice hairpins on the way
up to the summit which is about 1300 metres, and there's a
few nice ones on the way down too. There are also some nice
sweepers thrown in for good measure. When you get to the top
you cross the border into France which consists of two graffiti
strewn pillars and a line painted across the road, which now
becomes the D618a. Stop for the obligatory photo shoot at the
waterfall on the French side and then drop into the town of
Bagneres De Luchon - see my last 2 pics.
We stayed at the
Panoramic Hotel which was very comfortable for the price,
and biker friendly to boot. Plenty of restaurants to choose
from in the town, but it's now you realise that the French
side of the mountains is much pricier than the Spanish side.
Over 2 euros for a thimble of lager compared to a euro for
a whole pint in Spain. And buy your ciggies in Spain too!
That's about it then, not a bad route overall but nothing
you'd be desperate to return to. As usual, not the best pics
but I hope you enjoy them anyway.