Like yesterday the Beilsa tunnel was going to be closed between 8:15am and 7pm so if we wanted to get back to France by the most direct route we had to be at the gates before 8:15. We got there at 8 and it was closed. That was really going to change our plans. However after a little while someone must have seen us pacing and opened the gates for us.
So today’s plan was to ride 5 of the Tour de France ascents, Col d’Aspin, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, Col d’Aubisque, and Col du Pourtalet.
When we left at 7:30am it was over caste and threatening to rain so we opted for full rain gear from the start. It turned to be the correct decision as it just got wetter and colder. The coldest we saw during the morning was the Peak of the Col du Toutmalet which got down to 1.5 degrees when it started to snow.
Below are the highlights of our days riding.
As we left fairly early we got to our accommodation at around 3:30pm which was way too early as dinner isn’t served until after 8pm so we pulled out the map and planned another 160km loop just to get out for a bit more of a spin.
Then we were out of the mountains and following rivers and moving through quite different.