Geeze, these long winter evenings are torture...
So let me get this straight... India is now outsourcing brewing to Australia? Not impressed
So glad to have friends who drag you out riding when you're feeling crap. Obliterated PR on 1st of 4 gorges. Slowest time ever on last!
Last of the cloud is almost burnt off by 2pm. Lucky, because it's a great view down on Laruns from here!
L'église Saint-Laurent in Aas. Get's you closer to god?
Awoke to a misty morning. Took a drive over Col de Marie-Blanque anyhow. Wow! Above the clouds is a different world!
Another stunning evening light & fog show here in St Lizier.
Road to the Col de Pause. Sadly it was closed not far above here so no hiking (what we came for). Nice drive though!
Crazy scenes at dawn (if you can call it that at 8:30). Glad we're up here on the hill and not down in all that fog!
Small but perfectly formed. Evening treat from the local boulangerie.
Watching the sun fall behind hills over the valley. Viewed from our lounge window. Did I mention we like it here?
Back in St Lizier. That castle-like thing on the hill to the right is where home is right now. We like it here
@dailytelegraph today devotes pages 1-5 to horse racing 'scandal'. Sad proof most Sydney folk care little about the real world out there
Relaxing brunch picnic in a sunny Clifton Gardens today. We were joined by some feathered locals. What a treat!
Clifton Gardens this morning. Through a very dirty cellphone lens. Processed to the max so you don't notice that
Braving Autumn weather in Sydney Don't normally share pics from my 'ride like a tourist' route so please enjoy
Random views from the road: looking South to the Pyrenees over their rolling foothills on a misty winter's day.
Grotte du Mas d'Azil... why build the road over a ridge when nature has cut you a tunnel through it?
Fantastic sunny day? Check! Ride with mates? Check? Cycling Central & @miketomalaris on the TV? Ch... erm... Feels like a Sunday, but...
Enjoying views from Carla-Bayle, tiny village at foot of the Pyrenees. Not much going on here this time of year mind.
Rolling hills around Carla-Bayle. If not for snow-capped peaks behind you'd never know it was the middle of winter!
Festive decorations in the streets of St Lizier. They've gone all out & would put a lot of indoor attempts to shame!
A wide angle view over St Lizier rooftops... from the lounge in our accommodation. See why we extended the stay?
Back to Aulus-les-Bains. Great trail past mountain huts, mossy rocks & crystal clear stream with it's own mini falls.
La Cascade d'Ars, in a semi-frozen state. And the view below. Well worth the hour or so walk.
My lil' snow angel
Hiking up to Cascade d'Ars. Passing other small streams then snow (sometimes deep) above 800m or so. Awesome walk!
On the road (and in) Aulus-les-Bains. It's a beautiful day so this is the start of a little walk we have planned.
Bit changeable out so just relaxing 'at home'. Clouds add something to the ever changing view from the lounge window.
Pretty lazy today. Just took a drive through some small villages. Here's Engomer, Les Bordes-sur-Lez & views nearby.
Arrived in Saint-Lizier & here's the view from the front of our accommodation. Great to be back in the mountains!
Rather be flying? Not really - more great views from the road. These are from opposite sides of the Col du Portel.
Walking by part of Canal du Midi. Must be wonderful to cycle along here in summer - beautiful & it runs for miles!
Even in winter, you have to love 'tree tunnels' around the French countryside. This one is just outside Capestang.
Waking up to a misty sunrise. We stayed in a beautiful B&B set amongst the vineyards near Montady.
Generous tray of tea, biscuits & hot chocolate on arrival at the B&B this evening. Giant cups of yuuuuum!
Lunch in Sète. And a slightly unusual one at that... what with this being a fishing village & all!
Pink Flamingos, in France, in the middle of winter? Wow! Now we know why we chose to drive through the Camargue!
One last stop to admire the view as we head down from Les Menuires. Ahhhh...
Great day for a ride... until a rear wheel spoke broke & taco'd rim so bad it locked up. On a fast descent. Good bike control practice!
Sunrise on moving day. Time to follow these lights down the mountain and then on to our next destination...
Final morning here & this is better! 7+ hours on the piste to finish the week. Hurrah!