Le Vieux Tilleul
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Travel Blogs from Seyne les Alpes
... 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
... Napoleon. This was the road that Napoleon took when he returned to Paris with his army. We climbed the famous Col De Manse (used in this years Tour De France) and stopped at a lovely cafe at the top to regroup. After the morning climbs the lunch was needed and the quiche and pastries went down superb. The afternoon was fairly flat and fast with a few climbs so we reached ...
... think Skoda vehicles in TDF with 50+ bikes and wheels on the roof and you get the picture).
Then a very tricky untimed descent from 1660m down to 490m over 15km, where I lose touch with everyone. Fuel up at the last aid station for the final section, which is another long, lonely uphill drag of about 600m over 25 km, before a final kick up to 1600m (+400) over the final 5km. This bit totally sucks, and I'm chewing on my ...
... 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 ...
... on the iPod with the lyrics......."gravity, there's no escaping gravity". Damn straight there isn't. And gravity is my friend up hills. We pass two more girls, Marguerite and Anette. Only Lizzy to go, and 7km to find her. And there she is all of a sudden.
At the 4km mark the road flattens out to a out 2-3%, which looks and feels like downhill. And we come around a bend to see the final stretch, ...