Chateau & spa de la Commanderie
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... usually like this and we should come back Tuesday or Wednesday. He had hired a bike to that poor soul trying to descend and thought he would cancel the booking but it was his only chance to climb the legendary Alpe D'Huez so down he went, I hope he made it back up.
I didn't like the thought of descending at a standstill so decided to bail and we will go back either Tuesday or Wednesday morning as I have to climb this beast before we leave.
On the plus side we stocked ...
In the hope of getting out of the bad weather of Les Deux Alpes, we headed for our next stop near Lac De Paladru, unfortunately we didn't, if anything the weather was worse with almost constant rain for the 2days we stayed, we were still recovering from our bugs so we again spent most of our time in the van..
We took a couple of walks out in between the showers so again not much to report here....
Just a pin in the map!
... kicked up again towards the end. Connie stayed just ahead of me all the way to the top taking lots of pics. To be honest, I didn't find this climb as difficult as either Madeleine or Galibier, mostly because their distance made them more relentless. At the top was a rather large ski village and there were a number of places that were selling cycling gear. Most of the rest of the village like hotels and restaurants were closed up. ...
... 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 ...
... were contemplating their next play. A few others arrived and did the same. Unfortunately they didn't have a support vehicle and were forced to wait it out and make the precarious decent as slowly as possible.
Not far down from Galibier the rain stopped and it only took us about 20 minutes to reach the town of La Grave where we would be spending the next couple of nights. While a fairly large village, its primarily a skiing town and most of ...
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