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Awoke today to our first grey day. Not so bad, we have had two and a half weeks of perfect weather. Left our very pleasant country hotel this morning in misty conditions. The hotel owners had a lovely big kelpie cross that wanted me to throw a stick for him this morning . He just stood there patiently with the stick in his mouth waiting for me to say the right commands for him, in French. It was a frustrating experience for both us!, Our touring took us up into ...
At the top of the pass I met a bunch of motorcyclists coming down the hill so obviously there was no Route Barre sign at the other end. That, or they had also ignored it and ridden around it like me.
Halfway down the other side of the mountain I ran into the slowest French driver in France. I was stuck behind him for a while and then managed to overtake, only to be overtaken by him when I stopped to take a photo. We leapfrogged ...
... the whole "old" town but could not find the public WC. Just as I was beginning to think I would have to buy a coffee in a cafe in order to use the ladies (kinda defeats the purpose really), I spotted the sign about 10m from where I'd left the bike.
Comfortable once more, I set off to climb even higher. I passed through Allos which is one of France's most famous ski fields and rode on the shittiest ...
... its not particularly hot
While I have been writing this blog I have been doing my washing as that is a
big problem on trips like these. As I'm not staying in any hotel for more than
one night I cannot get any washing done and so its hand wash in the bath and use
the hair dryer to dry it!! Might as well get my money's worth!!
Then I had a little friend come tapping at my room window!! It was a sweet
little brown and ...
... a wonderful blue colored river much of the way and goes through many wonderfully large cuttings with overhanging cliffs etc. Apart from the wonderful scenery its also a great road to ride with wonderful hi speed curves. I sat about 60mph most of the way and again was cursing the tyres I fitted. One just cannot lean the beast over on the bends as far as I would like to. As soon as I get her over so far I can feel the front tyre hopping on the road telling me enough ...