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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, ...
... Great value, lovely view of snow capped mountains, a simple large clean room with a modern bathroom and a friendly helpful host (with a cute French accent). We dined in the Old Town, a 15 minute walk up a steep hill. At least the descent was easy, necessary after a medieval meal that ended with tossing down some schnapps. Welcome to the Mountains.
Tonight is our last night in France. Tomorrow we head for Italy - Lago Maggiore here we come!
... br> The WAG went topless today as the temperature got up to 26 degrees, so the roof came off her car. What did you think I meant?
Another 4 toll booth sprints today or 8 if you count both the entry and exit booths, at least we're getting quicker at it now we've done it a few times. Otherwise the day was quite relaxed and without incident although I did get a stern questioning at one set of toll booths by a Gendarme as I ...
Checked out, bit overcast today but not cold, roads a bit busier today but not too bad, stopped for a mc muffin at a service area somewhere near Nimes and had a good run into the mountains, a bit overcast but we still caught a glimpse of snowy peaks, and into the city of Grenoble. Apartment is good, kitchenette bathroom and a murphy bed<one that folds out of the wall> will see what that's like later. After donning ...
A relaxed start with presents in bed. I was given a skiing Father Christmas jumper which I wore to breakfast. Weather and skiing conditions still not great. Low visibility and windy. But we made the most of it and went wearing Santa hats, balloons and shiny gold ribbon as ...
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