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Travel Blogs from Les Deux-Alpes
... bread, cheese and sausage and had a picnic on top of the Col du Lautaret.
We then drove across the Alps again this time via Galibier and the Telegraphe where Mich pulled the pin on driving after seeing tyre tracks that lead over the edge of the narrow road.
More on Galibier tomorrow as I ride it in the opposite direction on the classic Telegraphe/Galibier 35km climb.
I have been guaranteed the bad weather is over, please be true.
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.
... reasonable gradient as it left St Michel behind.
The descents were frightening and bloody cold, especially from the top of Col de Beau Plan with visibility at about five metres above 1000m. It was a bit of a shock when a deer darted out in front of me. I had my full winter gear on and it was barely enough.
We are off for dinner soon in St Michel then tomorrow two TDF climbs are on the agenda.
... between my legs I returned to Annecy to pack up and make our way to the Maurienne Valley and the heart of the big Alps climbs.
To rub salt into my wounded ego the SD card in the camera played up so I lost all my pics of the short 50km ride today. Oh well re-format and away we go again.
We visited Albertville, sight of the 1992 winter Olympics and St Jean de Maurienne on our way to St Michel de Maurienne where we will base ourselves for the next week.
St Jean ...
... sensor in the hallway to make the lights go on. Not believing it, we tested it a few times to be sure...but it was true. Apparently there was a height restriction. :-)
None of the clothes that we washed yesterday evening had dried in this damp weather, so I'd be riding in wet gear. To be honest, once I got ready and we made our way outside, I was really deliberating whether I wanted to do this ride, but damned if I was ...