La Madonnina del Gran Paradiso
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... time glad I didn't.
After we got down we headed over a restaurant to have lunch. The town of Chamonix is very beautiful. Very much of a resort town. I could imagine all the people walking down the streets with the boots in hand. Very much of a ski town. Definitely will have to come back in the winter for a ski which would be quite easy as there are a couple shuttles that go from Geneve.
Another great Swiss Adventure!
... and probably said I was crazy. It wasn't too cold but it was to cold for that attire. A cardigan is now required. We donned our cycle gear and found a path into Aosta along a fast flowing river. Aosta is580m above sea level situated in the centre of Aosta valley. It was founded in 25 BC by the Romans at the junction of the major roads leading to France and Switzerland. Its surrounded by superb mountains. This ancient town dates back to the pre-historic age, to Roman ...
... even in September. But today it is fine. A good workout as we get used to the new geometry of the lighter bikes.
We stop at the refuge just below the summit for coffee, all clouds and bright sunshine, at Le Plan de la Laie. The altitude here is 1,822m. There is absolutely no traffic.It is a cracking run down the north side. The road runs along the shore of a big lake. We ride to ...
... Izoard high and proud at 2,360m. This Col may well become my favourite ride in the Alps though I have to do it the other way round to be sure.
We stop for coffee and stickers at the small hut at the summit and meet an American biker called Michael Jordan.
Yesterday was Michael's 70th birthday. The stickers on his panniers tell the story of a life ...
... and this time ham) and coffee. In the Chamonix valley this dish was called "croute" but apparently this name changed over the border.
After a stop view the interesting geological formations called Les Pyramides, we arrived in Arolla about 4 p.m. and stopped in to the bar for a drink while a couple of vans moved away from the reception unloading area.
Dinner at the Grand Hotel and Kurhaus was a four course affair, and very delicious. ...