We were hot, sweaty, and going at a snale’s pace of 7 km/h. The siesta had helped us skip cycling with a fully loaded bike – clothes, sleeping equipment, cooking set, water and food – during the hottest period of the day. Nevertheless it was still very warm at 30 degrees Celsius for any serious physical exercise. But we were making steady progress on our first mountain pass and the view of the sudden steep pillars of rock, mountains covered by forest, and hunting birds flying over us kept us motivated.
As we climbed up and up, the smooth asphalt road was becoming more narrow, as it slit through the mountains. We kept on drinking water and pushing upward, and after an hour we made it to the top of the Lauzun pass at 500 meters altitude!
We high-fived, got back and our bikes, and thoroughly enjoyed the downhill, going at speeds of over 50 km/h. With a fully loaded bike this felt especially fast and slightly dangerous, adding to the adrenaline rush. At the other side of the mountain we stopped to enjoy the spectacular view, and we were right at the entry of our “Municipal” campsite. Here we celebrated our achievement with a few delicious “blanche” beers!