Pyrenees trip

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by 2WheelieADV, May 16, 2013.

  1. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    709
    Location:
    NJ
    #21
  2. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Oddometer:
    519
    Location:
    Catalonia, Spain
    Too right - so much so it's the front page image on my blog :rofl

    Regs

    Simon
    #22
  3. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Oddometer:
    519
    Location:
    Catalonia, Spain
    OK, no problems:

    The first road is paved but it's only a narrow lane and is very bendy and in places the surface is damaged. But it is incredibly scenic: I can't find photos with my bike up there but my dog is spectacular too :)

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Two points, however; the road up to observatory is usually closed with a gate and the observatory isn't ope to the public. But there is a very interesting visitor centre down on the southern flank of the mountain, complete with lots of telescopes!

    One thing to bear in mind is that the Montsec has an escarpment on its southern side - see my photo above - which is an international centre for hang-gliding. The vans going up and down the lane from Ager to the various take off points are a genuine hazard, especially at weekends!

    Second point: the whole point of riding down to Camarasa (and back again!) is that it's one of the best roads in europe - in my humble . . . - but you don't have to go all the way back to Tremp is you can handle a bit of very well graded but non-asphalt road:

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msi...0.016744,0.038452&iwloc=0004e166c5345422316d4

    There are two sections that are non-asphalt: between Figuerola de Meia and Santa Maria de Meia and between the L-913 and the L-912. On the latter there is a section of about 50 metres that is muddy after rain, otherwise it's a 365 day trail.

    Regs

    Simon
    #23
  4. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    709
    Location:
    NJ
    Thank you SpanishBiker for the very useful info. Some food for thoughts about these nice little mountain roads. This is my cup of tea. :).
    However, I will be on a rented bike and 2up so I may stay on pavement this time... Something to think about. Maybe will see how it will look on the ground and how the weather will be. Thanks again for your advice.
    Oh, and what a beautiful dog you have!
    #24
  5. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Oddometer:
    519
    Location:
    Catalonia, Spain
    Hi,
    Always glad to help - I organize my HISS rallies in this region as well as in the centre of Spain so I know it - I also live there for much of the year :)

    Meanwhile, just an observation: it may e a good idea to tell your hotel in Luchon that you will or may arrive late. Unlike in Spain, the French eat and go to bed early. A couple of yearts ago some friends arrived later than planned and found that the hotel had booked out their rooms to othewr people! It took a lot of hassle and one of tgheir wives was finally able to find a motel on the Internet for them - over a hundred km's away, not a good experience after riding the Pyrenees all day!

    I'm not saying this is a general experience, but bearing in mind the distances you're planning and the possibilty of delays . . .

    Regs

    Simon
    #25
  6. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    709
    Location:
    NJ
    Good observations... thanks. I'll call them up.
    #26
  7. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    709
    Location:
    NJ
    Came back few weeks ago. Awesome rides! Old little towns, great nature...
    And the roads! C13 from Camarasa is amazing, n260, c26 (Berga-Ripoll) are superb. And this up the shoreline is just fantastic http://goo.gl/maps/XhlxA
    They don't build roads like that in the States.
    #27
  8. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,592
    Location:
    48.8436788,-122.599317
    agreed!
    when we were there the weather was perfect everyday as well...

    Spain rocks!
    #28
  9. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2013
    Oddometer:
    519
    Location:
    Catalonia, Spain
    Hi - great to know you had a good time - my HISS rally starts on Sunday/Monday OMG, I've literally just bound the guides/map books :)

    Regs

    Simon

    Ps that section of the c13 really is awesome - did you manage the C1311 - a bit more technical :)
    #29
  10. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Oddometer:
    709
    Location:
    NJ
    No, didn't do c1311. Unfortunately you can't ride all of the roads at once. There are so many good roads up there...
    One thing with these narrow twisted roads is that you don't know if anyone is coming the opposite way around a curve. Can't push too hard in not familiar with the road. It's amazing how good these roads maintained even in rural places.
    What type of rally you do?
    #30