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Over the Pyrenees
May 4, 2008
Pete's Pics > Over the Pyrenees
 
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Looking back northward, towards France, Heidi takes a breather before the main assault. Thus far, in the foothills, the railroad and the road run side by side


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A few miles on, the terrain gets more rugged. Noting the snow level indicators alongside the road, we were glad that it was May. Please excuse the graphic bug guts on the windshield


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Like the Rockies in the US, the scale of the mountains is humbling


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This is where we just were - the road at this point is a slow switchback of hairpins. We were glad that Heidi is so hardy since there is nowhere to pull-off on these narrow two lane roads


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Here, a brief respite before more climbing. The highest point that we drove over was just shy of 7,800 feet, about 3,500 feet less than I70 tops out at in Denver


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Our first taste of the ghastly architecture and scary color schemes, a hallmark of Andorra as we quickly learned. A surprising number of camper vans around for being so early in the season


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Andorra has been a tax haven for foreign residents and a tax-free destination for shoppers. This little ski village in the shadow of a mountain, was crowded with shoppers


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No half-timbered houses or medieval castles cluttering up this burg


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We did not stop - here, half a mile out of town, most parking spaces, legal or otherwise, were already taken. Note the next zig of the zig-zag road at the the top of the picture


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Onward and upward, every skiable slope bristled with ski-lifts


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In this part of the world, gas stations usually go around in pairs. The reason for this didn't became clear until after we had spent a couple of days in Spain


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Finally, on the way down the south side, we were treated to more unbelievable architecture. Next stop Andorra la Vella, Andorra!
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