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Travel Blogs from Meribel
Finally some sunshine, well at least a peek through the clouds every now and then. Ready to ride at 5.30am and the night clerk forgot to leave the key out for the shed. Another late start then I'm off to climb Col du Mollard.
Fantastic climb this one fairly long and through forest on the lower slopes and wildflowers above the cloud line. I was a little lost for a while just a little, stupid Garmin! But soon was back on track.
Woke up with high hopes of an early ride today looked out the window and could not believe how far down the mountain the cloud had rolled. Climbing big Cols was out of the question.
We took an early morning trip St Jean de Maurienne to stock up on supplies and have a coffee and croissant. The weather started getting worse so it was time for bread, cheese, salami and wine.
By the afternoon the rain stopped ...
... and if the weather permits I will add the Montee La Toussure at 1705m.
Right outside our doorstep is the road to the Col Du Telgraphe and the Galibier which tops out at a frightening 2645m. That's looking like my Sunday sparrows ride.
We visited the ski village of Valloire today just above (on the road) but below the top of the Telegraphe in elevation. I could see part of the Galibier from there. Its an intimidating looking climb.
... a restaurant at the 1km marker, which was also where the entrance to the tunnel stood. This tunnel goes under the summit and cuts out a 1km 10% grade, but by now there was no way I was going to give in and I did the last kilometer to the very top. As I climbed this bit there was thunder banging away overhead. Connie had raced on ahead and at the top we took some pictures and I called it a day. My hands were freezing and I was afraid of not being able to ...
... water, discolored from running across and through the slate stone that makes up the majority of the rock formations in the area. This slate makes for magnificent sites. There are vast open rock faces and the sun was shining such that the rock looked silver against the green of the pastures around it. Once at the top, we wandered around a bit and then made our way back down, making a stop in the ski village for a refreshment break. ...