A couple of weeks ago we wrote about walking into Spain (link here)
The route we took was the D923 (65) (or RD923 (65)), a departmental road in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) which connects Gavarnie to the Port of Boucharo.
The first part of the road is a fairly typical Pyrenean Route Departmentale,
with a decent surface, a fair number of safety barriers, and some spectacular
It was originally intended to be the final section of the RN21 (Route
Nationale 21), which ended near Gavarnie until 1973. The idea was
to make a century old cross-border route passable by car. The French section
of the route was opened in July 1969 as a departmental road and was surfaced
up to the Port of Boucharo. On the Spanish side, the work reached Bujaruelo,
but the section up to the pass remained incomplete.
When the Monte Perdido Massif was listed as a World Heritage Site,
the road was cut off at the Col des Tentes and the section up to the Port de
Boucharo was abandoned. In 2012 the first 800 metres of the abandoned section
was restored with a 1.5 metre wide sealed section, which creates access to
part of the site for people in wheelchairs. The rest of the abandoned route is
now unpaved, although the occasional patch of tarmac is still visible.