Leg 75 - Porto, Portugal (LPPR Francisco Sa Carneiro) to Courchevel, France (LFLJ Courchevel)
This leg: 755Nm, 3:04 flying time
Total so far: 85,328Nm, 327:07 flying time
Today we are taking a lazy winding stroll across Northern Spain and into the French Alps - passing by a number of points of interest in true sight seeing style. We start by heading East to Pamplona then into to Pyrenees. There we will fly by Lac de Cap-de-Long and Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory before heading on to Stadium de Toulouse. Then further East, we’ll have a close up view of the Millau Viaduct and then on to the French Alps. Mont Aiguille, Sanctuaire Notre dame de la Salette and Perret Tower all await before our final, tricky landing at Courchevel, high in the French Alps.
So a bit overcast and cloudy on the West Coast of Spain this afternoon as we take off, climbing and then turning right to head East towards Pamplona.
Heading across Northern Spain - some clouds, but not too bad
Here’s Pamplona and the Fuerte Alfonso XII San Cristobal
Our next stops are Lac de Cap-de-Long and Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory. We need to climb up to about 11,000 feet to get over the top of the Pyrenees mountains to reach them. Spectacular views of the mountains through the clouds
Aproaching Lac de Cap-de-Long - hopefully not hidden by the clouds - and no - the clouds clear perfectly to give us a fantastic view
And onwards to the observatory - which is, unfortunately shrouded in cloud today - just visible through the murk
North East to Toulouse, clearing the Pyrenees, still lots of low cloud about though
Onward to the Millau Viaduct - spectacular
Climbing now towards Mont Aiguille, crossing the Rhone valley
Unfortunately the airstrip is shrouded in mist
More stunning scenery as we head to Sanctuaire Notre Dame de la Salette
On towards Perret Tower - a little hard to see in the gloomy mist, but it’s there
And now our final approach into Courchevel, circling around to approach runway 22 - hoping visibility improves - passing right overhead before we turn back around
And down and parked
What a great flight! Loved that.