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Travel Blogs from Baratier
... at the map: Je regarde la carte
une chaussure – shoe
une chaussure de marche – hiking shoe
- Je mets mes chaussures – I put on my shoes
un chemin – path
- suivre le chemin – follow the path: Je suis le chemin
un col – mountain pass
... We used the deck-chairs we hadn’t noticed before that were stacked up against the changing shed. They were exceedingly low down and uncomfortable.
Briancon sits at the foot of some of the Alp’s most famous mountain passes as the gateway to the Southern Alps and the southern tip of the Northern Alps. It also has the historic status of being the highest town in Europe (1326m) ...
... we cut out the first col of the day, Saint Martin. And instead of 169km, the stage will only be 111km, of which about 40km will be timed, the rest neutral. Cruisy end to a tough week, but I'm sure I will make up for it once we get to the Pyrenees.
My Strava stats are here http://www.strava.com/activities/773674 59
And the daily highlights video. http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=relm fu&v=cEsoQzSPH7Q
Well things have gotten progressively easier to deal with being support crew as we have learnt to look after ourselves well and use those around us to help out in times of need. We have been travelling at times together with a German group who have a few campervans and 8 very strong riders - several in top 100, One Roland, is fifth at the moment.Stacie has just finished her time trial up Cime de la Bonette, which is the highest paved road in Europe ...
... French "moi" kisses all round, plus my South African buddies,Tony, John and a few other "bottom of the GC" kindred spirits. Well ridden all! An awesome day!
At the evening briefing session I discover the FIDI rainbow jersey has made the daily highlights video. You can view it on YouTube from the Haute Route website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX2F3u1A FMI&feature=youtu.be