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... cloud with dropping temperatures.
He took a glance to the heavens and shook his head, No No!, not today, come back tomorrow!
We took a drive up the road. It was basically free of cyclists bar a few crazy souls, one guy was trying to descend and basically slowing to a stop at the hairpins, to avoid sliding out. The poor bugger had 21 hairpins to deal with to make the bottom unscathed.
At the summit we visited the bike shop and the owner (a pommie) told us ...
... were much higher, both of which meant that the temperature was
higher and would reach 18 degrees by noon. This climb was not very long at only 14km, and had an average of 8.7% grade with a peak of 10.1%. It's a climb that has made many appearances in the Tour de France and because it's not very long it's very popular among cyclists. The first 4km was pretty steep and maintained 9-10% all the way. After that it eased a bit ...
... or so we were overtaking all the cycles, we climbed with them to 8500 ft, then descended with them the other side, the problem is we were marginally quicker than them on the uphill but alot of them were quicker than us on some of the down hills! Of our 45 miles, we were with them for 40!! but we got there slowly!
The both of us ...
... reached the low hanging clouds and rain started to fall. Connie was concerned about the weather and stopped to wait for me to pass fairly often, which was reassuring. Within the last couple of kilometers the rain was coming down pretty heavily and thunder was growling overhead, but by the time I reached the summit the rain and thunder was diminishing and while we stopped for some photos the rain stopped altogether. We could see the surrounding ...
... him, I'm glad he's off to Singapore and not staying in Europe, because if he stayed then I'd have somebody to fall back on. Even after Berlin I was using my trip to Grenoble as slight comfort to see a familiar face, and now that that's over, I have a month left of no one to see, no plans that are made... which is essentially the reason I came on this trip.
I'll miss the familiarity of construction on the street outside, the shirtless man who always hangs out ...
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