The Pyrenees 2010: Day 14

Day 14: Germ – Luz

Our clothes had dried during the night but the boots were still a bit wet. Outside it was still gray but it was not raining. Our plan was to go back to Cauterets, from where we’d started. We had been thinking of the the nice Scarpa shoes we had seen in the store the morning we started our walk. We had to many stages to do and to little time to make it all the way to Cauterets – we decided to hitchhike one etap, to Luz. It seemed like a good day for that since it was foggy.


We ate some breakfast in the restaurant and packed our things. We took a little tour in the small sweet village. Bought some nice cheese from a farmer. We like cheese and had missed that in Spain as we rarely came by farmers who made and sold cheese there.

We started to walk down to a little bigger town, Laudenville. We bought some more food. We started to hitchhike and got lift quite quickly by a couple. She could speak a little English and they where really nice. The took us to Arreau, a small town.


It turned out to be almost impossible to get a hike from here. Even though many cars (and bikes) past us on their way up to Col d´Aspin and Col du Tourmalet.

Finaly after changing a spot we got a lift with three pensioners. They took us to Col d´Aspin. Up there it started to get quite foggy so we didn’t see so much of the view. We soon got lift to Ste-Marie de Campan.


It was a small sweet village with a lot of bikers on their way to Col du Tourmalet, which is the highest point in the Tour the France. This day was the day after the tournament had passed the Col so you can imagine all the people who wanted to do the same.


We got lift by a really nice Dutch girl. She was a biker but had a resting day so she was following her biking boyfriend and dad with the car. She offered us a ride all the way to Luz but we had to accept that she would stop now and then to feed the two bikers with snacks and drinks.  That was fine with us. I gave us insight in the biker community.


The fog continued so we didn’t see much of the view at the top. A strange feeling.


A window at a house in Luz

In Luz we found a Gite and we ate some Paella at a Pizzeria. It was some kind of festival in the town with a lot of market stall and people walking around. We took a glass of wine at the Gite before we went to bed.