Hotel Savoy Edelweiss
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... we saw Cremona on the map and it looked interesting, so off we went.
Now, there were basically 2 choices - the main Autoroute, or an interesting-looking "main" road, ( being a bold red road on the map), and because it looked as if it would traverse some nice country, I chose the latter...
Well, we ...
Distance: 55 km
Ascent: 1,359 m
Descent: 1,550 m
We took: 4h 20m
Technically we should be in Guillestre this evening, but the nearest accommodation we could book is just up the road from there, in a small village called Risoul. We had a quick look around Guillestre, enjoyed a couple of pression, couldn't really find anywhere nice to eat so we came back up to Risoul to eat at a local Auberge just down from our gîte: La maison de ...
No cycling today!
We've looked back on some trips we've done in the past and thought it would've been nice to spend more than a single evening in one place, so for this trip we planned a day off.
Paul Henderson in his 'Cycling the French Alps' book recommends Briançon as a good place to spend a day off the bike, so we took his advice.
Briançon is the highest city in France, at 1,326 m. Our hotel, 'Le Temple' is ...
... 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. ...
... plates, some kind of club tour I guess. If you're going to traverse the Alps in a motorised vehicle, at least do it in style.
The climb to the top from Val D'Isere is about 14 km averaging at a 6% gradient. The weather was good to us, no rain, neither too hot nor cold, so it was a comfortable climb.
There is a small shop at the top, and we treated ourselves to a coffee (no milk yet as it was the first day of the season that it ...