Our route north took us inland, on a quiet road that was a surprising pleasure to drive, the C-44. Normally we would always stick to the main roads along the coast, yet this time we decided to trust to our Garmin (always a bad idea) but it came out really great. Very little traffic and lovely rolling countryside all the way to Lleida.
We had planned to overnight at the motorhome aire in Saint-Lary-Soulan, another half an hour from the tunnel, but in the end continued an extra 10 minutes down the valley to Arreau. This is an aire that we have used several times in the past, right at the foot of the Col d’Aspin. On the way down the valley we kept pointing out familiar places we recognised from previous adventures.
It was wonderful to be back in the hills. It felt like coming home. Despite the rain we had our cab windows open to smell the moist fresh air much of the way and were marvelling at the lushness of the green fields and fir trees all around us. As much as we have enjoyed our time in Spain, now that spring is here there is no place I’d rather be than in the thawing mountains. Looking up at the white giants standing tall above the rest of the scenery is like saying hello to old friends.
A few photos of our drive…..