Pierre & Vacances Residence Le Thabor
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Up early this morning to pack and leave Aix Les Bains for the next stop at Valmeinier. Along the way I intend to catch up with Chris Martin at La Toussuire. Chris is staying at the top of the ski station, where we hope to finish the Etape du Tour on Sunday....after 138kms and over 5000m of vertical ascent.
I stepped out the front door of …
... After last night's debacle, I did some early work on the ipad, and found a camp that read well, right on the shore of Lake Garda.... I must admit, it wasn't difficult as I think there was a choice of close to 50 - seriously.
So, with an early start, we arrived early, hit the supermarket, and then checked in, and was able to secure a spot literally right on the water-front, with ...
... Galibier, we were mightily relieved to get to the summit in the dry and sunny weather, and descend in the relative warmth of the June sunshine. Unlike the other cols further north, there was no snow at the summit.
After the meadows and pines marking the ascent, the landscape quickly changes on the north side of the col to bare rock and jagged outcrops.
We got the twisty bits of the descent done and then stopped at a pâtisserie in a little place called Arvieux. ...
... old part of town opposite l'église - a good place from where to explore the historical centre.
Unlike yesterday, the weather was gloriously sunny today, so it was nice just to wander the steep avenues of the fortified town and take in the atmosphere of the place. There are very few tourists around, and some of the tackier tourist shops are still closed this early in the season, which suited us fine. The buildings are 4 or 5 stories high and painted ...
... I soon regretted as we got stuck into the next climb; the Col du Galibier, an 18 km climb from Valloire. There is some respite after a bit of climbing to get out of Valloire. The road levels off for a while, or maybe it's just 4% instead of 8%?
We soon reached the 'lunar landscape' mentioned in the guide book. What we didn't expect to see were the marmots sunning themselves on the road ahead!
We decided on a strategy of frequent stops to drink and snack. ...