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... 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
... the car we saw this sign propped up against the rear wall of a hut selling souvenirs.
Napolean’s Refuge turned out to be a café, selling very nice cake and appears to have had something to do with Napoleon the third. We discovered the road over the pass was one of the stages of the 100th Tour de France. It is also a favourite for motor-bikes. Several passed us and we saw a number of 1200 cc ...
... they've not seen him for 4 hours. So, we conclude he is at the pub and likely sacked at the end of the day. I make it well ahead of cut off again, and enjoy a lovely glacé with FIDI John (and his trusty steed Beyonce).
Time enough for a leisurely shower (one plus of only 16 girls is there are no queues for ladies toilets or showers at race villages but the 580 blokes are queuing for ages). Yes! There is some justice in the ...
... a shot once we were higher than anything in Australia and finally finished at 2700m. The camper has been surprisingly easy to drive, maybe the week in Italy helped out but the roads have been wide enough to cope with passing cyclists and oncoming cars - no aggro like home.We have been able to take "short cuts" though three days ago we went over Col de Telegraph and Col de Galibier instead of the correct route but managed to beat in most ...
Today we go to the roof of Europe, Cime de la Bonette, at 2800m. A time trial of 23km, over which we climb 1562m. Should take me about 2 hours. Sounds easy, right? Wonder why the organisers have put two aid stations on the course, plus one at the top?
We are starting, in usual TT fashion, from slowest to fastest rider, in groups of 75 each half hour. Having checked this morning, I discover I ...