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  • Day113

    The Pyrenees

    May 21 in Spain

    We could have used a geography lesson from Simon before we left, to fully understand the elevation involved in crossing the Pyrenees.  Somehow I missed the fact that they were bonfide mountains akin to the Alps and the Rockies (taller than, says Marty).  Ski resorts are built right in the mountain passes, and the highways come up from both France and Spain to cross the mountains.  We started up from Sabinanigo after staying in a bungalow at a campround and kept going up for the next two days. The route was a mix of low grade highway, except when it wasn't, and rural roads through farms.  We love Google Maps, where we select your start and finish and then choose "bike" and it plots a route for you using side roads, single track, and the necessary car roads.  It will even do an elevation profile for you! 

    We had a goal in mind, to get to the campsite in Escarrilla and we knew there were sites available, but when we arrived they wouldn't rent a bungalow to us for just one night, no matter what we said.  Grrr...  it took some time, and a bit of frustration, but we did find a great apartment (in an old building up in an attic, where we had a great view of the mountains for half the price!) just that it was 4 km back down the road in Tramacastilla de Tena.  It was actually uuuupppp a steep hill first, and then level.  Sigh.  The whole area up to the pass is villages that are built up with fancy stone apartments and duplexes for the winter season. 

    We had a day off of touring, and we took advantage of Grandpa wanting a non biking day to leave Jorja with Gramps, and the rest of us headed off on a little jaunt up into the mountains.  It was a route that  Marty selected, and we did a 25km loop that went up to 1750 meters on a graveled road.  As per usual when travelling with Marty it is good to go prepared.  Food, check.  Lighter, check.  Footware suitable for snow, hmmm, nope, sandals.  And so, freezing feet as we pushed our bikes through the snow in the rain that happened to fall at the same time.  Thank goodness for the alpine emergency shelter and the dry wood that was just after the snow. 

    So after our "day off" we headed up up up for our second day of heading towards the pass.  We followed the old A-136 route that had only one short tunnel, and it was a quieter road with a consistent grind for twenty kilometers, alongside the river and two resevoirs, mooing at the cows, checking out the ski resorts in the alpine and waiting out a rainstorm under the eves. We kept looking for more gears on our bikes, but finally made it to the "Col du Pourtalet" at 1794m where we passed from the Vallee de Tena in Spain to the Vallee d'Ossau in France.  A magnificent pass, and we were sad that we were so tired, and couldn't dream of hiking, and that there were rain clouds threatening and we felt that we should get down to Laruns.  In retrospect, after all that work, I would recommend staying at the pass and truly enjoying its magnificance.  The 30km decent to Laruns was nuts.  Laruns is at around 500m and Sabinanigo was at 780, but it is half the distance from the pass to Laruns.  Fast, wet, and it looked like we were decending into west coast forest as we dropped out of the pass.  Aparently crazy cyclists do bike UP from Laruns to the pass.  The tour de france is ending a stage in Laruns this summer. Some people!!  We arrived in Laruns, and suddenly everyone was speaking French.  Just like that.  And after six weeks of getting by in Spanish and Portugese, Marty and Caleb think French might just be OK. 
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  • Day60

    Le matin dans la montagne était tellement agréable!
    Même si les montées sont parfois difficiles c'est bien mieux que les kilomètres de Nationale accablante...

    Petite présentation de la région que nous avons traversée: LA RÉGION DE SOBRARBE

    Sobrarbe est une région aragonaise située dans le centre du versant sud des Pyrénées. Il s'agit, donc, d'un territoire montageux qui possède des altitudes élevées, de forts dénivelés et une topographie accidentée où les plaines sont très peu fréquentes. Son relief se distingue par des sommets plus de trois mille mètres (Lardana ou Posefé, La Munia, Vignemale, Mont Perdu...), ainsi que par des chaînes secondaires de montagnes intérieures et extérieures d'une grande beauté.

    Les trois principales vallées fluviales sont celles des rivières Cinca, Ara et Vero. Les deux premières naissent au nord où d'importants restes de glaciers et de nombreux lacs de montagne ou ibons se sont conservés.

    Sobrarbe est un vaste territoire historique, peu peuplé, qui s'organise naturellement autour de ses rives, ses vallées et ses fuebas (petites dépressions)
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    Son climat et son relief donnent lieu a une énorme variété de végétation qui va des hauts pâturages de l'étage alpin aux rouvraies, en passant d'importantes étendu boisées de pin noir et rouge, des sapinières et des hêtraies. Cette variété d'écosystème implique une flore et une faune sauvages très intéressantes. C'est une riche diversité d'espèces qui habitent les hautes cimes, les ibons, les pâturages de montagne, les rives, les défilés rocheux et les forêts.
    C'est pourquoi dans le Sobrarbe il y a 3 espaces protégés : le parc national d'Ordesa et du Mont Perdu, le parc naturel Poset-Maladetta et le parc naturel de la Sierra et des canyons de Guara.

    Et au bout de la chaîne... L'être humain, les habitants de Sobrarbe, les individus et les communautés qui ont adapté leurs modes de vies à l'environnement. Artisans du paysage, soutien de l'écosystème.
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  • Day60

    Jour 21.2 Fini les Nationales!!!!

    July 18, 2016 in Spain

    Les Nationales ont le don de mettre Géraldine sur les nerfs! Pauvre Xavier!!!
    Surtout qu'on se retrouve souvent dessus l'après midi sous 30 degrés lorsqu'à l'horizon la route paraît interminable!!!
    Les villes se font de plus en plus rares et les routes de plus en plus longues et monotones...
    Ca fait 2 jours que l'on essaie de les éviter mais les 2 prochains jours, nous n'aurons pas le choix... On va manger de la Nationale! 😥
    Le voyage devient bien moins amusant mais nous avons un ferry à prendre à Barcelone le vendredi alors pas trop le temps de faire des détours pour prendre les routes de campagnes!
    On décide de prendre le train à Lleida le lendemain pour nous économiser 150 km soit 2 jours à vélo! 😅👯
    FINI LES NATIONALES! Youhou!!!
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  • Day59

    C'est marrant comme les rond point de la ville de Sabiñanigo sont tous décorés de vélo!!! Je n'ai pris qu'un seul en photo mais il y en avait plein d'autres!!
    Nous avons suivi l'Ara dont l'eau est très froide et Xavier a eu le courage de rentrer dedans jusqu'aux cuisses! C'est vrai que la couleur donne envie!
    Puis nous nous sommes retrouvés dans un minuscule village, après 90 km! Fatigués nous avons décidé de ne pas aller plus loin et les gens de Formigales, assis sur la place du village nous ont offert le seul bout de jardin qu'ils ont... Le parc de l'air de jeu! J'ai installé la tente et Xavier s'est occupé de la cuisine! ⛺️🍲😊Read more

  • Day65

    Northwards again today, as we headed towards the Pyrenees mountain range on the border of France and Spain. Thankfully only a couple of hours of driving, but we were hoping to do a decent length hike so it was off again fairly early in the morning. Zaragoza was an annoying city to drive around - not large particularly, but stuffed full of traffic lights in a way that other Spanish cities haven't been. It was also rush(-ish) hour, so the going was a bit slow.

    Eventually we left the city and headed north, aiming for the centre-west of the Pyrenees at a place called Monte Perdido. The surrounding national park is of course World Heritage listed, for its beautiful alpine landscapes and evidence of humans living in peaceful coexistence with fairly inhospitable terrain.

    The drive started fairly flat but got rockier and rockier, until eventually we were surrounded on all sides by tall mountains and sheer cliffs - very dramatic, though not a lot of snow around since it was early spring. Passed through a few small communities and eventually found the national park entrance with the trailhead - quite a lot of people around as it was a warm sunny day and still probably a holiday period for Spaniards.

    The walk we wanted to do was listed as about 3 hours each direction from the carpark to a vantage point over a waterfall where Mont Perdu was visible (though still at quite a distance). It felt a bit optimistic, mainly because we had Schnitzel in tow, but we're both experienced hikers and it was great weather so off we went!

    The track started in a pine forest along a wide gravel path, essentially a fire trail I guess. It wound alongside a river with rapids, which slowly got smaller and smaller until it was more like a creek. The trees got thicker and we climbed, though the path was still vehicle width and easy to follow.

    Found a beautiful spot with a waterfall after an hour or so, where we stopped and admired the view. Mountains still towering over us with small amounts of snow still visible - obviously the melting snow was creating the waterfall and the river system below us.

    We pressed on, further into the valley still following the main path and the river. After another hour we came across a large-ish picnic area flanked by two very high waterfalls. Judging by the number of people around enjoying their lunch, this seemed to be the highlight spot, so we halted here and enjoyed our lunch as well. Although it was populated, there weren't a huge number of people around and it was fairly quite aside from the constant roar of the falls.

    Took some photos and a couple of videos, though it's going to be an odd video of this site I think! Realising that we were still an hour from the final waterfall where Mont Perdu is also visible, we made a joint decision that we'd turn back to the car from here. We'd already walked for nearly 2 hours and had the same amount to go back - plus a slowly tiring dog with us!

    We walked back much the same way, though this time part of the trail crossed the river so we got a different view and saw some different mountains which was quite nice! Took our time heading back to the car but thanks to all the downhills, we made it back in about an hour and 40 minutes, so a fair bit quicker heading back. Schnitzel looked exhausted, though he kept walking quite happily and wagging his tail!

    Drove another hour or so further into the mountains to our home for the night, the tiny hamlet of Servise. We had a small B&B accommodation booked, so we checked in and relaxed in the warm sunshine of the front yard. Around 8pm we freshened up and drove into the next town over for dinner - just as small but this one had the distinct advantage of an open restaurant! Decent food, especially considering the location.
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  • Day5

    Living history in Jaca

    June 17, 2017 in Spain

    Jaca, a small town south of the Pyrenees, was the first capital of the former Kingdom of Aragon during the 11th century. For a brief period of twenty years, Jaca was the leading city of that incipient kingdom and blossomed beautifully. A cathedral and a citadel were built to accommodate the clergy and the royals. By the turn of the century, however, Jaca was no longer the capital, though it remained an important city in the kingdom. And it has been quite renowned throughout history, in spite of its outlying location and diminishing population. Today, it is no more than a small town which serves as a convenient base for fans of winter sports and outdoors activities; and it is also one of the entry points for pilgrims hiking French route of the Camino de Santiago.

    I was in Jaca seven years ago and I was mesmerised by the beauty of the place. Surrounded by pristine nature, the town has been extremely well preserved and walking along its cobbled streets, one can feel part of a distant past that never really ended. Anyway, this feeling might have been induced by the medieval market that was taking place during those summer days.
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  • Day2

    Bar el Caillon Restaurant

    October 8, 2016 in Spain

    מסעדה שנמצאת בתחילת הרחוב העתיק של טורלה. הזמנו טליאטלה פסטו חסר טעם באופן טעים ופיצה שהייתה מעולה (אופיר תיאר אותה כ"כמו טוני וספה רק עם רוטב יותר טוב". היא באמת הייתה ממש טעימה והגבינה הייתה איכותית ואלוהית, אבל אצלי לא מחליפים את טוני כל כך מהר...).

    החיסרון: היה מפוצץ אז נאלצנו לשבת בחוץ וקפואאאאא

  • Day3

    Camino de Soaso

    October 9, 2016 in Spain

    היום הלכנו את מסלול 5 המפלים בפארק אורדסה.
    חנינו ב-Pradera de Ordesa אחרי 20 דקות נסיעה מטורלה והתחלנו לצעוד.
    המסלול באורך 17 ק"מ (הלוך-חזור) ועולה לגובה של בערך 550 מטר בעליות הרים פתלתלות. לקח לנו סה"כ 6 שעות כולל זמן התבכיינות על העליות :)
    עברנו בין דרכים מיוערות, נחלים זורמים, מפלים, שדות פתוחים, הרים גבוהים, דרכים חוליות עם המון אבנים ועוד מגוון סוגי נוף. כל נוף יותר עוצר נשימה מהקודם.
    כרגע אני קצת בפחד שהתחלנו את הטיול טוב מדי והמסלולים הבאים יהיו אפורים ומשעממים.. אבל שאלו יהיו הצרות שלנו!
    בפוטפרינטים נפרדים אמנה את 5 המפלים ואת Monte Perdido "ההר האבוד".
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  • Day2

    Sierra de Guera

    October 8, 2016 in Spain

    הגענו לקניון סיירה דה גוארה כדי לעשות קניונינג!
    הולכים עם חליפת צלילה בתוך קניון שוצף מים, שוחים, צוללים, מטפסים, מתגלשים על מפלים וקופצים למים (מגובה 5 מטר!!). המון אנדרנלין, לא קל, סופר-כיף!
    למדריך שלנו קראו poonk וטיילו (קניינו?) איתנו עוד 5 ספרדים מברצלונה.
    על כל שעה הסבר בספרדית על מה לעשות קיבלנו "aaa... Slippery... Just Do like me!", היה משעשע אם כי קצת מפחיד.

    מדהים מדהים מדהים! חוויה של פעם בחיים :)

    לחברה של הקניונינג קוראים Vertientes Aventura והמשרד שלהם ממוקם באלקזר. הקניונינג שעשינו הוא דרגה 2, לחלוטין לא לבעלי לב חלש. לא לסמוך על הערכת הזמנים שלהם, סיימנו שעתיים באיחור.
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  • Day1

    Casa Tejedor

    October 7, 2016 in Spain

    הגענו לאמצע שום מקום שנקרא Las Almunias. כל מה שיש פה בעיירה זה את המלון שלנו. לפחות יש בו גם מסעדה!
    הבחור בקבלה לא יודע מילה באנגלית (גם לא ברמת הyes/no) אבל הוא נורא נחמד ונורא מנסה שבכל זאת נבין את הספרדית שלו.

    לחדרים פה יש שמות במקום מספרים, שזה נחמד. זה שמות של עיירות קרובות / שמות עצם גנריים.

    במסעדה היו מנות משונות כמו ארנב בשום, צוואר קשת בענן (בשר חד-קרן?!) ושלל חזירים. הלכנו על הדברים הנורמלים יחסית - סטייק אנטריקוט והמבורגר-שור. היה טעים וזול. קול.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Huesca, Provinz Huesca, Huesca, Uesca, Província d'Osca, Province de Huesca, ウエスカ

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