When I left off in part one, I had just arrived in Vicdessos. While many of the others needed a nap after the overnight flight, I instead decided to gut it out until it was time to go to bed that evening. I knew that the best thing for me was to just head out and climb the Port de Lers. Nobody was up for that cat 1 climb, so I was allowed to do it myself. They gave me a phone in case I crashed or whatever and off I went.
I was actually pretty happy to do it alone. I had never cycled alone in France and was happy that the tour guides had the confidence in me to allow me to hit it solo.
I stopped to take a few pictures on the way up. This free range pig saw me taking photos, didn't like it, and attacked me. He stopped at the fence line but I was long gone by then.
I got back just in time for a celebratory snack and was able to journal the days events. I was happy to be back in France.