Sunny Days & More Gorgeous Gorges…

Leaving Carcassonne along the upstream banks of the Aude River took us south into the foothills of the Pyrenees. The area is covered in vines in vigorous spring growth; vibrant lime green leaves waking gnarled old stumps from their winter slumber.

A long ride of gentle climbing took us to our next, two night, destination at Axat, a delightful village on the banks of the Aude River in the northern reaches of the Pyrenees. 

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Our billet was a well appointed Chambre de Hôte run by an English couple.  By coincidence Graham, a former national cycle champion, also runs a bike hire and guided cycle ride business. At his suggestion, the following day (Saturday) we did a circular ride taking in the very spectacular Gorges de Galamus. A full on headwind made the final 15 miles back to Axat something of an exercise in endurance.

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Battling the wind in the Gorges de Galamus

Moving on again,  Sunday saw us head for Torreilles, a small Catalan village, on the Mediterranean coast just north of Perpignan. Blessed with beautiful sunny day, glorious scenery and a net descent, the 48 mile ride was a joy.

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