Tour de France Stage 13 Route
Today my family rode the Stage 13 route of the Tour de France…while I drove them! We left Pau and drove to the small town of Lacq. From there we headed to Monein. Just outside of Monein we began the first climb, Cote de Cuqueron. We stopped along the way so I could take some photos. The views were gorgeous! On many of the hills grapes were growing. While Leslie and I stood outside all we could hear was a rooster crowing in the distance. We both commented how peaceful it would be to retire there.
We got back in the 4Runner and drove to Lasseubetat and then Rebenacq. After leaving that town, Leslie remarked that she would like to stop in one of the villages and shop. So, we stopped in the town of Laruns. Much to our surprise there was an open-air market in progress in the town square. We did a little shopping and then decided to have lunch. We stopped for lunch at a small restaurant called Fleur de Sel (sea salt), located at 4 Place de la Mairie.
At the restaurant, for water, the waiter brought us a fish shaped bottle. Leslie fell in love with it and asked to buy it. The waiter, who turned out to be the owner, said he would have to check with his wife. The wife turned out to be the chef. The owner returned to our table and said he had checked with his wife. He then told Leslie she could just have the bottle. At about that time, the wife came to the table too. We thanked her profusely. When we paid the bill, we left a substantial tip to show our thanks for their kindness.
For lunch, Tyler and I had a crepe that was filled with ground beef, sauteed onions, and an over-easy egg. Wow! It was incredibly good! After we finished, we began our climb to the summit of Col d’Aubisque.