Port de Rat

Accommodation & Hire

 
     
 

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From Vicdessos we followed the valley floor to Auzat, then turned to ascend towards Marc.

 
         
 

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Marc was a very old settlement, clinging precariously to a large boulder, left by the Vicdessos river during some glacial retreat. Beyond Marc, the road became a track, suited more for mountain biking without luggage, and really started to climb.

 
         
 

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Barrage de Pia de Soulcem, end of the road and two hairpins later, the start of the track...  
         
 

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  The ascent was relentless. After several hours hard climb, we ate at 1650m.  
         
 

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  By now we were beginning to notice the altitude.  
         
 

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Several hours later, the track ended at around 2000m and become a narrow footpath. The footpath would not have been ridable even if we'd had the energy left!

So we deteached the panniers from the bikes, and climbed the final 500m twice. First with the bikes, then back down to bring up the panniers (2hrs).

 
         
 

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  At last, the top! A very hard climb - no place for a bicycle!  
         
 

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  The view into Andorra...  
         
 

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  We pushed and pulled the bicycles down 200m to an unmade road into Andorra.  
         
 

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The inhabitants of Andorra seemed to expect a road link to France one day!

 
         
 

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The descent on the unmade track was short and it soon became a wide new road to Andorra la Vella with a good smooth surface.