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Published: February 8th 2019
Woke to a beautiful morning - real contrast to yesterday's rain - so went into the town (Quillan - remember?) one more time, for a couple of bits from shops and a farewell coffee at Le Terminus (which incidentally is named for a railway station that no longer exists - tracks are still there, with a piece of wood across them to allow access to the Aire).
Also tried to find out the significance of the date, 17 March 1912, on the otherwise unmarked statue of a girl holding a torch (or taking a selfie! - see picture). Any ideas? TIO was shut.
Set off into the Ariège dept, but decided the main roads around here are "interesting" enough, without exploring villages in the mountains, so we'll leave that little project.
The mountains around us continued to be snow-capped (pictured) until early afternoon, when we realised we were a bit lower.
After passing through Foix, eventually stopped for the night at Castelnau Durban, which provides an aire by the river, but just across from its main square. Bought some paté from a "produits régionaux" shop, but resisted the paëlla van also nearby!
2961km, so 88 today
Tot: 3.252s; Tpl: 0.038s; cc: 9; qc: 53; dbt: 0.0409s; 3; m:saturn w:www (126.96.36.199); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb