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Travel Blogs from Aix-les-Bains
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!
... we then set off to the Gorges du Fier near Lovagny. They were meant to have a waterfall but the water level was way too low. You will see us on the platform in the pics and the flood meter shows the water rising to about 6 meters above where we were standing.
Tomorrow another early ride before we head to Switzerland and the border city of Geneva.
... descent and was on her tail until the bottom.
Semnoz is a classic climb and the back way via Col de Leschaux is on quiet roads only broken every now and then by the chorus of cow bells. It's a mix of forest and pasture with some views to Lac Annecy and the surrounding mountains on the early slopes.
A drive around Lac Annecy was in order before lunch with a drive to the Col ...
... pas francais and then point, can I have that?
The markets are a great set up all around the river operating on Fridays and Saturday I think.
We purchased some great fruit priced cheaply and some Salami, sheep bree and a crusty French baguette, we scoffed that down later for lunch.
Bagged my first Col the De La Forclaz and I was hurting, I hope it jet lag hangover as I struggled up the beast of a climb, only cat one but long stretches of 10+ %.
On top is a ...
... but by now that felt flat and my speed picked up. It didn’t last long. The last 7km ended up being between 7 and 11%, with all of the last 3km being 10%. It was absolutely grueling in the 28 degree heat.
By the time I reached the summit it was noon and Connie had not passed me yet. I sent her a text to let her know I was there already, which was a surprise to her. She had stopped in town to pick up some water and fruit for me and was ...