Ainsa to Andorra
View from RP15
Leaving Ainsa on the N-260 it is a perfect start to days riding. It is a smooth easy rind that seem to bring the mountains closer on each long curve. There are lots of wide-open spaces which reveals long vistas as you move through the countryside passing Spanish villages sat on top of the hills around you.
AS you pass through Foradada del Toscar (RP2) the sign says 1020m but with all the mountains around you it does not feel that high. But as the road slopes downwards and as you approach Navarri (RP3) you realise how high you have been.
On leaving Campo the N-260 changes to be the A-136, it gets much narrower and the rock face seems to be right to the side of the road. As you exit the tunnel (RP5) the scenery changes as the walls have come close together and the road seems to sit at the base of a crack in the cliffs. The road is very narrow with no real place to stop, RP6 might be your only chance to pull over and take some pictures.
The N-260 returns and you are back to a 2-lane road, but the curves and corners do not stop, the long hairpin bends and soft slopes hide the fact that you are once again gaining altitude.
As you reach Coll de Espina (RP9) the view is spectacular, and the road keeps delivering view after view followed by long curve after curve.
A quick stop for coffee as you join the N-230 and then it is north through the valley connecting Aragon and Catalonia. This is a perfect riding road for those that like to just sit there and move from corner to corner while enjoying what nature has to offer. Once again it is another tunnel that delivers a different view from when you entered as the reservoir of Embalse de Baserca is suddenly up to the side of the road. This is one of those picturesque mountain views that just appears while you are riding (RP12)
Turning left onto the N-141 the hairpin turns start again as you move upwards as you approach Mirador de Bossòst and the chance to pull over and take some pictures (RP15)
The road changes to the D618A as you enter France as you ride through the forest, the road continues to deliver great riding as the hairpins head down the mountainside until you reach the town of Bagnères-de-Luchon, where it is time to take a fuel break(RP18) Continuing up the D125 the road is much faster than before and soon you take a right towards Saint Beat on the D44 and then the twists and turns are all you get for the next 30 minutes, each corner seems to lead to the next all the way to the D88, and the road just keeps going around corners. The D618 is less twisty but at the same time there are as many curves to enjoy. The steep road heads and turns and turns until you arrive at Illartein (RP29) Time for some lunch at Café Grand Prix.
Follow the D618 and then take a right onto the D4 before turning off again onto the D17, the road it narrow twisty and slow. But the riding is amazing, all the way to Col de la Core (RP33) where it is a chance to take some more pictures of great views.
Riding through some of the small villages the roads are very narrow, just enough for one car so care needs to be taken. Turning left onto the D3 the road has small villages along the way which gives a change to the trees that have been visible for so long. A left turn and join the D618 to wind through more forests on a very narrow road. A coffee break in Esquen (RP38) and then it is back to riding the many curves in front of you. This continues until Tarascon-sur-Ariège and the N20, after the small roads of most of the day 2 lanes each way feels very wide and very fast. And for the next 30 minutes the landscapes changes as fast as you are riding. Trees disappear as wide-open fields are on either side of the road. As the road changes to the N22 and you near the France/Andorra border it almost seems barren after all the forest roads throughout the day. There are 2 choices when arriving in Andorra, a long tunnel through the mountain or more high roads with lots of hairpins, simple choice!
One final stop for some tax-free fuel and fight your way through the oppressing traffic and it is a welcoming sight to see our hotel for the night

This route got 4 1/2 stars, it was a tough day's ride as some of the mountain roads are tight and twisty and a slow average speed. But the scenery makes up for it. Three countries in a day and not a bad road
View from RP9
Riding through RP5
Useful links:
Hotel Sanchez
Hotel Princessa Parc

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NGC 2985 is a spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major. It is located at a distance of circa 70 million light years from Earth, which, given its apparent dimensions, means that NGC 2985 is about 95,000 light years across. It was discovered by William Herschel on April 3, 1785.The galaxy is seen with an inclination of 37 degrees. The galaxy has a bright nucleus from which emanate multiple tightly wound spiral fragments. Numerous blue knots are visible at the galactic disk. At the outer part of the galaxy lies a massive spiral arm that forms a pseudoring that encircles the galaxy. The inner part of the galaxy, where active star formation has been observed, has been found to be unstable, contrary to the outer stable one. It has been suggested that the presence of molecular clouds accounts for the instability of the region.The nucleus of NGC 2985 is active, and based on its spectrum has been categorised as a LINER. The most accepted theory for the activity source is the presence of an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole. The mass of the supermassive black hole at the centre of NGC 2985 is estimated to be 160 million (108.2) M☉, based on stellar velocity dispersion. The velocity dispersion is anisotropic, and changes with the azimuth. The rotational speed of the galaxy at its effective radius is 222.9 ± 31.2 km/s.NGC 2985 is the brightest member of a galaxy group known as the NGC 2985 group. Other members of the group include NGC 3027, 25 arcminutes away. Other nearby galaxies include NGC 3252, and NGC 3403.
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