Mon 8 Aug12:07

Today's ride: Plateau de Beille. It's OK, but not that pretty. Valley road super busy too. Think I've been spoilt? wink


Today's ride: Col de Pailheres... with a few others to a warm up wink Beautiful & it's another one for horse lovers! smile


Hmmmmm... not... sure... think this tyre maybe needs replacing wink #LotsOfMiles wink grin


Almond liqueur found in my sister's house. Yum! Fun fact: while it tastes of almonds there's actually none in there!


Deserted village alley in Quillan at dusk.


Entertainment in a little square in Quillan. This sort of thing is completely normal throughout summer in France.


Family dinner in Quillan. I'm not easily impressed by salad, but... that's not bad! Prefer my choice mind! wink tongue


We're staying in Quillan today, but took a little walk out of town to get away from it all wink


Dropped by a random stranger 1km from Aspin summit today but somehow found a sprint 50m from top & got over him for KoM points! #OhYeah! grin


Today's ride: local loop then up the Col d'Aspin. Because, why not? Mooooooo! grin


What idiot tech writer thinks it's OK to say a function returns 'int' without listing the possible values & their meaning? #KidsTheseDays sad


Quite walk down a shady country lane. It doesn't always have to have an amazing view. Love the peace & quiet.


Imagine if resources spent on 'security' were used to improve things 'outside' so it's safe everywhere, not just 'at home' #BridgesNotWalls


Just walked into a restaurant & asked for the menu. Told chef was sleeping & don't know what will be served until he wakes up! #Different


Outrageously good dinner tonight. Soooo good & so much too. Had to take a doggy bag which was our lunch the next day!


Spotted in a local village: nice guy carrying a bike for a mate, or a bike thief! Around here likely it's the former.


Do you suppose it's by chance that a German beer bottle fits perfectly inside this nice German beer mug? I doubt it.


Today's ride: Cloudy spin up the valley, but as usual, view from the Col d'Aspin fails to disappoint!


Evening snack: Beer, baguette, roquefort, rillettes de canard. Yum! While Pratiwi went for coffee & cake. Durh! tongue wink


Bagneres-de-Bigorre fete. Few early snaps in the market hall with freshly sliced prosciutto, drinks & other goodies.


Think this is a Persian Silk Tree, they seem very popular in this area & are all in flower right now. Very colourful.


Another Tourmalet day. Up top then a little way down the West side for a 'different' - it's all relative wink - angle.


As rock'n'roll as it gets in the French countryside: local singers at a campsite. At least there was free alcohol! wink


Pratiwi's favourite alcoholic beverage. All the better at this very offensive price! wink #MoreBeerMoneyForMe tongue :P


Wondered into the nearby village on a sticky hot afternoon. Ice cream reward for some, cool glass of beer for others.


Saw something on social media re:shooting. Check news. Turns out its USA business as usual. Terrible but true


Relaxing in shade of an old apple tree. It's laden with fruit, lucky not to be doing an Isaac Newton impression! wink


When you don't feel like going high, a nice spin in the foothills is the go. Super quiet roads and views like this.


Watching sunset over a neighbouring cornfield. Air thick with pollen & insects. Lucky we don't suffer from hay fever!


Teenie, tiny little stroll near Hourquette d'Ancizan. Absolutely love it here. It's even good when not on a bike! wink


Relaxing near Hourquette d'Ancizan. Joys of carrying everything everywhere: always have outdoor furniture to hand smile


Let's take a selfie! wink Oh... and another picture of the cows. Because you can never have enough pictures of cows! wink


I often ride this road but drove today. Traffic here can be tricky as you see. Imagine negotiating this on a bike! wink


Lunch date at Payolle. Special day or something wink The confit du canard & gateau basque awesome & very affordable! grin


Another hideous day up the Tourmalet wink Long way round is so much better when actually eating & drinking enough! grin


OMG! Woke up this morning to discover we don't have any bread! Lucky this is France & 2 minutes later we're saved! wink


Awesome sunburst through the clouds out walking this evening.


Woodland walk this evening. A little bit late in the year for flowers, but there's still some colour in here.


European tick. Tiny little thing (my little finger for scale). Wouldn't last a minute in Australia! wink


Someone had a wonderful time playing in fields & the stream by the road today. Why dog folk can't have nice cars! wink


Early(ish) morning walk at the Col des Palomieres. Looking down into those clouds, it's nice to be in the hills smile


Same spot as last post, but this is the following morning. Another spectacular day in the mountains begins smile


Amazing long lunch with wonderful people (watching le Tour), home for shady woodland walk & now sipping Sangria in the garden smile #LaBelleVie


Random summer evening view in the Pyrenees.


After a large lunch on a warm day nice to go for a walk in a wonderful, shady, cool forest. Lovely and quiet. Magic!


Not sure this cake has enough cream filling. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.... wink Nom, nom, nom! tongue


Another Indonesian gathering today. Loads of wonderful food. Thank you so much! smile Nom, nom, nom! tongue


I often do quite well on the daily leaderboard. 8th up the Aspin today. Somehow I can't see this lasting though! wink


The infamous flamme rouge that would cause a little chaos later today. Luckily I made it under (& back) unscathed! wink


Coming down the Aspin towards Payolle on TdF day. Few campervans parked there! Not us though - we're down the valley.