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... tomorrow there will be 8000 cyclists riding up here in a cancer fundraiser. Our hotel starts serving them breakfast from 2.45am and they ride up and down the legendary road as often as they can all day. Yes, that's right...UP and DOWN, repeatedly! It is a Dutch event called the Alpe de Huzes and last year raised €30M. The challenge is 6 ascents and descents. Last year someone cracked 9!
The drive up is good, but does not match the Stelvio...better for the cyclist, ...
I'm writing this entry now at 10:30pm because if I don't I never will!! We have been so busy, I don't think we've stopped from the beginning of February, or even before that!! February half term was so busy! It was more crazy than Christmas. I felt like a dish washing machine! Leo and I stayed in the entire week to help Gill cook and I became an expert at baking cakes! I made caramelised ...
... was almost nil! We got to an area that had quite a bit of green but they were all slopes that were going sideways down the mountain. It worked well for Laura on skis but did not work well for me to get warmed up on my board. Getting back off the mountain was difficult as most of the mountain is black with some green very high up. So, we had to travel sideways down the mountain on this narrow trail that was way too crowded!
... We decided to go into town and get her some ibuprofen and relax a little bit. We had a beer and looked out at the beauty of Grenoble in the canyon below!
After we went on a few more slopes and then it got time to head back and catch the bus. We took a similar path of lift, run, lift to get back the other side. Laura was sore and grabbed a coffee. I wanted to push myself a little more so I decided to try and hit a red that was next ...
I have been meaning to write a new entry for a while now but we've been so busy!! We're into the second week of January, which means we survived the Christmas and New Year mayhem! It wasn't that bad... For Christmas we had 35 people!! It was so noisy!
It didn't really feel like Christmas but it was nice to be around lots of happy people and eating amazing food! For Christmas dinner we had guinea fowl and sausage.
The guests so far have all been ...
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