Thursday, July 31, 2008
High in the Pyrenees
We just returned from a brief visit to Spain and the section of the Pyrenees over near the Atlantic coast. Our route took us over a pass high up in the mountains where we crossed from Spain back into France, and then over another pass from one drainage into another. I suspect the roads were built mainly to access the ski stations (as they are called here) near the top. The road between France and Spain was quite respectable and accommodated two vehicles in opposite directions without problem. On the French side is a pass, called the Col d'Aubisque, and it was really not much larger than one lane with a white dotted line separating the two half lanes. Complicating the challenging driving conditions were numerous bicyclists, some maintenance with a track-hoe and a few campers that had to squeeze over for oncoming cars. At the top was a building, some vendors selling sweaters and woolens and these critters; a herd of cattle, two donkeys and a horse or two.