La Ferme de l'Izoard
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Lake Garda, Italy
After getting the call to "Go North", we headed off from Milan's oppressive heat and we thought that it might be a bit cooler if we put a few degrees of latitude under our belts...
Ha! Who's kidding who?
... I too would be better off with an inflatable doll on the back. I think this could be an interesting A level physics question.
Like yesterday, there is a long valley descent down to our final stop for the night. We arrived by about 1:30 again, this time we were both hungry so we stopped at the first restaurant in Jausiers and indulged ourselves with burgers and chips. The beef tastes so good here, we always go for 'saignant', even for ...
... pines and mélèze, the heat and the scent from the pines reminded us of Lacanau. The road surface is excellent for most of the ascent, and there is a marked cycle lane on the right hand side of the road. It doesn't get much better than that!
From the elevation profile we were expecting a constant climb, but after a few kilometres the road levels and there is a slight descent before climbing again, offering some respite for the legs.
After the terrible weather on ...
... old part of town opposite l'église - a good place from where to explore the historical centre.
Unlike yesterday, the weather was gloriously sunny today, so it was nice just to wander the steep avenues of the fortified town and take in the atmosphere of the place. There are very few tourists around, and some of the tackier tourist shops are still closed this early in the season, which suited us fine. The buildings are 4 or 5 stories high and painted ...
... I soon regretted as we got stuck into the next climb; the Col du Galibier, an 18 km climb from Valloire. There is some respite after a bit of climbing to get out of Valloire. The road levels off for a while, or maybe it's just 4% instead of 8%?
We soon reached the 'lunar landscape' mentioned in the guide book. What we didn't expect to see were the marmots sunning themselves on the road ahead!
We decided on a strategy of frequent stops to drink and snack. ...