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We left Moutier as quickly as we could, cycling downhill this time to the start of the Col du Madeleine - 25 kms of ascending road on a hot and humid day. 10%25 start for the first 5 kilometres to morning coffee, where Duncan was offered white wine instead of water, but seeing as how we weren't doping, he politely rejected the offer. Madeleine was …
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Today started with another route change, of course. The plan I came up with and promoted to the others was a loop out and back from St-Jean-de-Maurienne to Col du Mollard and back, then a trip down D1006 to St-Michel-de-Maurienne to pick up D902/Route des Grandes Alpes again for the climb to Col du Télégraphe and then …
... of trucks, all jostling for position, whilst juggling the mind-computer read-outs of the closing rates of the cars in the mirrors, vs our own closing rate on the truck in front...before swooping into the over-taking lane, and then back again into the "slow" lane without causing a 40 car pile-up...
Becomes a bit stressful in something with the acceleration of a tortoise with a ...
... Galibier, we were mightily relieved to get to the summit in the dry and sunny weather, and descend in the relative warmth of the June sunshine. Unlike the other cols further north, there was no snow at the summit.
After the meadows and pines marking the ascent, the landscape quickly changes on the north side of the col to bare rock and jagged outcrops.
We got the twisty bits of the descent done and then stopped at a pâtisserie in a little place called Arvieux. ...
We walked down to the modern part of the town to the L'Eclerc, to buy provisions for our stay as we found ourselves in a self-catering apartment. Who can resist a French supermarket? This one had a good selection of bike spares too. We bought porridge for breakfast, some tea and a few other treats to keep us going.
There was a small market in the centre of town (Wednesday) where we bought some home made lasagne for supper. Other ...