Away off on the opposite shore of the lake we could see some villages, and now for the first time we could observe the real difference between their proportions and those of the giant mountains
at whose feet they slept.
The former ski jumper attacked on the Aubisque - the fourth of the giant mountains
that had to be negotiated during the 200.5km Queen stage of the Tour from Lourdes to Laruns - and threw caution to the wind on the 21km descent to the finish.
Thomas expects his rivals to test him on the giant mountains
of the Pyrenees - Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor and Aubisque - and a couple of shorter climbs before a twisting and demanding descent to the stage 19 finish in Laruns.
The harmony between the giant mountains
and the sun caused me to be silent and humble.
The natural scenery here is breathtaking, the giant mountains
and lush valleys making a stunning backdrop for hiking, skiing or horseback riding.
The two giant mountains
that make up the ski area jut out of the Teton range in Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, a vast alpine expanse that is home to tens of thousands of elk, moose, and at least a dozen identified wolf packs in recent years.
The sheer beauty and the awesome landscapes we were about to encounter over the next seven days would take our breath away - sheer cliff faces plunging into crystal clear fjords, stunning glaciers carving great crevices into giant mountains
, and spectacular waterfalls plunging into sparkling 300 metre-deep lakes.
It can all seem great fun at times, but these tales of battling mountains are full, too, of stories of those who didn't make it back: the slopes of these giant mountains
are littered with bodies.
Just a few miles from the hotel is the Beinn Eighe nature reserve, named after one of the giant mountains
which makes up the Torridon range.
Yesterday was the hardest day of the trip as the cyclists passed over the Czech border into Poland and began climbing the Orlicke Hory mountains and the Krkonose ( otherwise known as the Giant Mountains
They spit their dummy out at every single opportunity, phone the radio, the law, the papers and TV station and turn little molehills into giant mountains