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... climbed to Trou de la Mouche (via Combe du Grand Cret) - 2467m above sea level. It was stunning! Absolutely spectacular! We hiked back to the van, this is without a doubt the best parking view we have yet!!! We treated ourselves to some local French cheese today, so cut that up with some baguette, got a cold beer and admired the vista. This is the good ...
Wake up early, quickly eat breakfast, get dressed in cycling gear, head to the vans, this is how are mornings begin. We definitely are getting a feel what a pro cyclist goes through during the Tour. Each day you awake and hope your legs will move. I was especially stiff this morning after yesterday and last night's downhill slide. I wasn't feeling great but better than dinnertime when I was really fatigued.
Today's ride was only going to be 35 miles but ...
... surrounding mountains as well as the valley below. The only down side is there was no shade and it was getting very hot.
After eating some lunch we walked around. We went to a small church right by the edge of the cliff. From here you could see part of the road up Lacets de Montvernier. I really wish we could have gone up this section but I will have to save that for another trip. We then made our way into the small town and I was very happy to cool off with some ice ...
... or head for home. By now it was almost 2 pm. We left the hotel at
8:30 am so everyone was ready to head in. As we continued our decent we had an
unwelcome surprise. The road we were supposed to take was closed due to
construction. The only way home, take a detour that involved a 2.5 mile climb
at 8-10%. So much for finishing early. By now it was so hot the road tar was
beginning to melt a bit. The melting roads made the ascent seem that much
harder and ...
... persistence and survival.
Ultimately I made it, absolutely shagged, but I was still standing unlike a stack of others who were on the roadside collapsed.
I met up with Chris at the finish, he didn;'t make the time cut on Glandon and was ferried back to the finish by bus....not happy.
So that's the Etape for another year....not so sure about doing this again. This experience was enough.