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Travel Blogs from Pra Loup
... the landscape, the view
premiers secours – first aid
trousse des premiers secours – first-aid kit
la randonnée – a walk, a hike; walking or hiking
- faire une randonnée – to hike, go on a hike : Je fais une randonnée
un sentier– path, trail
sentier balisé – marked ...
... Napoleon. This was the road that Napoleon took when he returned to Paris with his army. We climbed the famous Col De Manse (used in this years Tour De France) and stopped at a lovely cafe at the top to regroup. After the morning climbs the lunch was needed and the quiche and pastries went down superb. The afternoon was fairly flat and fast with a few climbs so we reached ...
It is definitely getting cooler. We decided against a swim as the sun disappeared behind clouds after lunch. We spent the late afternoon exploring the villages above Briancon and the early evening in the old town, where we had dinner. On the way, we stopped at the chapel in Les Vigneux, which is our closest village. The church has gutters made of wood.
We drove around as many roads as we could before ...
Stage 6 sees us ride from Pra Loup to Auron, over 4 categorised climbs with the total vertical for the day being the maximum for any stage. Over 147km we will climb 3800m. And a hill top finish to cap it off - the last 30 kms is a drag up a valley averaging 3-4% with the final 10km involving some serious ramps up to double digit gradients. Should this be the marathon stage?
There are also two untimed sections of 21km and 15km, ...
... but only a little higher than the summit coming out of Val d'Isere. She managed to pick up 5 females who started in front of her and is feeling stronger every day which is good. Only two more stages now and then a week off.In my last blog I was a bit jaded after a couple of very tiring days but as I said earlier we have now gotten into some sort of routine and are fairly self sufficient. The drive out of Val d'Isere was amazing and we stopped ...