I'm way behind with these travel mails. I've been back home almost 2 weeks now. But, here is the last one, for this trip.

I was on the route to Superbagneres when I stopped for the night, so I continue to the top. Its a ski station at 1,800m (6,000 ft). There were spectacular views on the way up

and on the way down. I'd better mention quickly, before anyone points it out, yes, these are the same mountains, different viewpoint.

These are not the same mountains, although I have been here before. The ski machine workshop, near where I parked on the first night, is marked on the left. I'm going there again now, but first I have to drop down into the valley then climb up again, using the road that zigzags up in the centre of the photo.

The contented cows that I encountered earlier were near the ski workshop, and behind them, towards the right, is the pass where I took the above photo.

Almost whichever way you look, there are great views.

This is what I would have seen first time here, if it had not been a complete whiteout. I'm dropping down the road that enters the picture on the right.

First time through I went south from here to Spain, then travelled east, on the south side of the Pyrenees to Andorra, then returned on the north side of the Pyrenees, travelling west. So when I was here before I turned left at the bottom of the valley. This time I'll be turning right, to the north, heading for home.

This is looking south towards the main ridge, as I dropped down.

Same village as the earlier photo, but nearer.

Well, there we are, I'm home. Pyrenees in the distance. (This is one I took earlier!)

I needed to be back because next day was the village luncheon. Well, not the whole village, just our part, a hamlet which consists of 14 houses including outlying farms. Everyone was there. Lunch started at 12 with aperitifs and finished about 5 pm. Then we went home, rested a bit, and returned at around 7pm for dinner, also known as finishing off everything that hadn't been consumed at lunch. The food was delicious, with unlimited wine. We are lucky that one of our number runs a restaurant in Toulouse and another has a barn big enough for us all.

Since I'm so late writing all this, I can include a couple of photos from the local Mirande balloon meet the following weekend.

For those who are in the know, that's a Kubicek burner in the foreground. The same people will already know that's a Cameron Viva below........

Well, there we are. I hope you enjoyed my trip, I know I did. I'll look forward to meeting you all again, either in person, or electronically.

Best regards

David Barker
Mirande, France

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