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Travel Blogs from Sestriere
... I was crazy mad with the speed of the descent.
Not much else happening today, had a nice pasta lunch and may double up for dinner. Cleaned the bike it was filthy with all the rain we have had and watched a little TDF.
We are off at sparrows to drive to Le Bourg D'Oisans to spend the day in the region. I will climb the legendary l' Alpe with its 21 hairpins and the meet Mich at the Saturday markets in Le Bourg.
... was still cold and the cloud was very low. I was itching for a ride so decided to tackle some local Cols near us.
They were some great climbs, Villerzembrun climb with its hairpins and early steep ramps out of St Michel and Col de Beau Plan with forest mist through the clouds on quiet roads and only a fool like me out riding them. The early ramps out of St Michel on Villerzembrun were tough but it soon eased off ...
... between my legs I returned to Annecy to pack up and make our way to the Maurienne Valley and the heart of the big Alps climbs.
To rub salt into my wounded ego the SD card in the camera played up so I lost all my pics of the short 50km ride today. Oh well re-format and away we go again.
We visited Albertville, sight of the 1992 winter Olympics and St Jean de Maurienne on our way to St Michel de Maurienne where we will base ourselves for the next week.
St Jean ...
... went to hertz as the car has had a light on for a few days. They didn't have any Anglais either! It really does amaze me how humans can understand one another without words. Attempted to get to a local park where the snow runoff lands in a wonderful waterfall but it was FREEZING!! So we went home and Nicholas practised his Boy Scout skills and made us a fire. Home made Fried Rice was a hit again... Then a sit by the fire to plan Padua and ...
... now and again through the fast moving clouds, but it was pretty socked in.
Connie decided to grab a coffee at the restaurant at the pass, but I started on my way as it cleared enough for me to begin the short decent into Valloire. The break in the weather didn't last long and as I rolled into the ski village the rain was coming down in torrents. I was soaked to the bone and freezing. I found a bar/restaurant and pulled in to get out of ...