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... did it, then built a village way up in the clouds.
On the winding road up to Roubion there has been a rockfall. The fixit guys are there with a small digger to clear the rubble. As I pull up the remaining loose rocks are cascading down the mountain, crashing onto the road and bouncing on down the steep valley side. There must be some workmen up above levering the loose stuff down.
After an amazing stay in the Le Grand Hotel with the bike safely stored in the garage I set off early with no breakfast or coffee which is unusual. It's fair to say the town of Barcelonnette in France left a good impression on me. An old city but with a vibrance and not too touristy. I was infatuated with the old town and every street directed your gaze to the close mountains and the narrow streets framed the views encouraging yet more photos. I was keen to ride the highest road ...
Awoke early exited to be close to the next stage of the trip and holiday with my partner Liz. Left early by 10 am which was a record for the trip. The 2500 Dutch Cyclists had started to arrive in the site and the generator for the big truck started up at 7.30 am. The ride out of the D1091 was simply superb - in fact superlatives fail to describe the feeling one gets when riding on such fantastic biking roads when surrounded by magnificent mountains - part of the Hautes Alps this is one of ...
... and we very much enjoyed the 31km descent and stopping in Arvieux for a burger, salad and proper coffee! We made it to the campsite in good time and glorious sunshine so we went straight in the pool! Time to rest now as we have another big challenge tomorrow. The book describes the climb tomorrow as 'testing'. ...
Distance: 52km Cumulative distance: 3416km Best Convenience: hot cappuccinos at Col de L'Izoard Riding conditions: too many flies. Weather: wet, cold, then cloudy. Top of 10 degrees at the Col, 14 degrees at Guillestre Elevation gain: 1150m We awoke this morning to rain pouring down outside. Bugger. The nice weather is over. Time for more Alps weather! At least it's only 52km today! The uphill began almost as soon as we left our hotel. Soon enough, we were back to our Tour de ...
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