Hotel des Sources
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... is where the hikes I’ve done in
this region are different and for me less enjoyable than those of Switzerland. I
don’t enjoy heavy climbs without any scenery other than trees. Most of my climbs
in Switzerland were accompanied by spectacular scenery which provides immediate
reward for the effort. The good scenery today and last Monday didn’t start
until at least an hour of very heavy slogging ...
... the tunnel cost E 28.00 for a motorbike and E 42.00 for a car.
Arriving at Allevard, I was delighted to meet Christian and Suzanne, friends of Liz and owners of the Tour du Treuil. Due to patchy rain at the time,the attached photos where taken on a sunny day last year.After spending the night at the Tower, I left (in the rain again) for Geneva and Lausanne to complete the end of my 4000km ...
... breathtaking views we had seen on the entire hike.
Barbara was excited to finally be in Italy. But she never dreamed she would walk to Italy! The downhill to Refugio Elisabetta was pretty easy and through yet another gorgeous valley. We arrived mid-afternoon. The name of the place made me think of my mother a bit. Wish she was here.
We took advantage of the time ...
... tall Dutch guys (neither could stretch out in the bunk beds), an uncle and his nephew. The uncle was 72 and had just hiked from Amsterdam to Istanbul and had written a book about his adventures. We noted his email and plan to write him after the trip.
Before starting this trip we imagined that most of the other hikers would be very young and that we would stand out as the senior citizens on the trail. Actually though, there are lots of people, our age, ...
Lots of steep uphill today, finally reaching one of the highest points of the whole trip, the Col du Bonhomme
At one point Barbara thought she was being attacked by a bull, but after scrambling up a rock to escape it turned out to be a cow with horns in a frisky mood!
Views back down the valley have been stunning. Thankfully the weather has stayed sunny but cool (upper 60's?)- perfect for hiking. ...