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Travel Blogs from Vars
... col – to cross over a pass
la forêt – forest
les montagnes – mountains
la vallée – valley
la plaine – plain
la rivière – river
le lac – lake
le ruisseau – stream
la cascade – waterfall
grande randonnée – long-distance hiking trail
... and fresh, the temperature, 'refreshing’.
We spent most of the day there on Tuesday, taking our lunch and sun loungers. We were the only ones there apart from a couple of workmen doing a very good job of looking at the reed bed. At 3pm when reception opened again, I went to buy ice-creams. They don’t sell them, but I did buy a pair of speedo-type trunks as you are not allowed to wear shorts into French ...
... br> And a massage. The race organisers have 30 trainee physios/masseurs travelling with the race, getting practical hours towards their accreditation. Riders get 15mins max each night if you want it. I've been going every second day to get the knots ironed out of my legs and I think it makes a huge difference. If you are ever in a multi-day event and this is offered, make the effort. Without it I reckon I would have ground a couple of ...
... I come back - Ainslie repeats seemed to have helped Stacie (she had completed 365 for the year before we left), as well as practice riding some knarly downhill stuff.So tomorrow we will be able to take a very big shortcut when we climb over Cime de la Bonette to Auron (50kms) as opposed to (143kms) for the riders. Trying at this stage to convince Stacie to ride down to the start from here (8kms) so we can stay parked and have a sleep in. It's only ...
... on the iPod with the lyrics......."gravity, there's no escaping gravity". Damn straight there isn't. And gravity is my friend up hills. We pass two more girls, Marguerite and Anette. Only Lizzy to go, and 7km to find her. And there she is all of a sudden.
At the 4km mark the road flattens out to a out 2-3%, which looks and feels like downhill. And we come around a bend to see the final stretch, ...