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tried a new (to me) track in the Pyrenées

Gerald F

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Gerald F

My wife, Lynda, noticed a track going West from opposite the turn for the Col du Somport, before one reaches the tunnel on the French side. We followed it for a few km up to a small EDF hydro station, where the metalled surface ended, and beyond, until it was barred. We might have risked raising the barrier – not locked – and pressed on, but it seemed imprudent in falling temperatures and falling snow, not to mention being a single vehicle expedition. Our map suggested it might connect with a track across the border into Spain, so we will try from the other end on a more propitious occasion. 

We took the road over the Col instead. The border was blessed with more snow, and -3ºC! The low temperatures lasted until well past Sabiñánigo, and we were glad to reach Valencia, thence on home, with +23C!




Steeper and more uneven than it looks. We startled two deer on the ascent.




The border at Col Du Somport; -3ºC, but no douanes or immigration police.

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