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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Jaro biked to the high-altitude town of Cilaos.....



To get from Tampon to Cilaos by road, you first have to ride down almost to sea level (from 675m to about 135m), and then go back up from there - with a few dips in altitude along the way, including a good descent inside the caldera, before climbing back up to the town of Cilaos.
 


There are three tunnels, with the two longer ones near the top - the last actually crosses from outside to inside the huge caldera through a jagged peak.

It is quite dark inside, so it is tricky to maintain balance on the bike.... have to concentrate on the light at the other end.


 
The third and highest tunnel entrance can be seen at left, with cars lining up for their turn to pass through, after traffic from the other side clears out.




They actually fold back the rearview mirrors on the driver's side.  Didn't get a chance to watch a tour bus go through here ....




Excellent road, with very little traffic during the day.
 


Next bike blog, pictures from the town of Cilaos.

Photos belong to Jaro Franta.

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