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... 8211; Hiking Part 1
une balise – way-marker
- chercher la balise – to look for the way-marker: Je cherche la balise
un belvédère – viewpoint
- aller au belvédère – go to the viewpoint: Je vais au belvédère
une carte – map
- regarder la carte – ...
It is definitely getting cooler. We decided against a swim as the sun disappeared behind clouds after lunch. We spent the late afternoon exploring the villages above Briancon and the early evening in the old town, where we had dinner. On the way, we stopped at the chapel in Les Vigneux, which is our closest village. The church has gutters made of wood.
We drove around as many roads as we could before ...
... the kids.People are very friendly and my French and hand gestures are getting me by thankfully but every now and then you come across someone not too helpful, but that is the same everywhere and at the moment we have some delightful Italians next to us who have just ridden up Cime de la Bonette as well and though don't speak English we seem to be sharing stories and their food and grappa.On the subject of food the boys will be glad to know that ...
... last km kicking up to over 10% around an endless corner so that you can't see the finish line until you are within 200m. Easy.....just like the top of Ainslie. My Spanish friend, who I tasked with keeping a lookout for other girls coming up behind seeing as he wasn't doing any work on the front at all, sees the final kicker and the expletives come loud and fast. Funny!
And I make it, first female on ...
... photos on the Haute Route website, including Lucy and Ben giving me celebratory kisses!
So that is stage 4 done around 1.5 hours ahead of cut off time. I'm proudly more than 8 hours behind the women's GC leader, but I don't think she is enjoying the view as much somehow. Still sticking to my plan to be the female Lanterne Rouge (not that I could do anything else). And we are over half way - 547km and 13,146 vertical ...
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