Hotel le Kern
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Up early this morning, truth is I woke at 3am and couldn't get back to sleep. I need to be down at St Jean du Maurienne for the start of the Etape by 6:45am and I have a 30min drive to get there from my base at Valmeinier.
Here's the breakfast plan, make a cup of coffee tip it into a drink bottle, grab some eats for breakfast (madeleines, banana, drinking yogurt plus 2 stale "pain au chocolates" I pinched from the hotel ...
The organsiers said that over 15,000 riders had entered this year....I reckon there was 15,000 cars up that road.
Anyway, I got to La Toussuire, registered for the race at the Etape village and met up with Chris at the village entrance.
Just in side the entry was a 15m long banner with all the names of the entrants. As usual the village was full of bike gear exhibits and sales.
Found a ...
280 km Fuel €15.30 and €10 First part of the drive was through flatland Italy wasn't much to see but the second half was great, down the French rocky Alps into Monaco. One road was shut going over the Alps so had to take a detour. Walked down to the harbour in nice and saw some very expensive boats a had dinner at a French /American bar. £78.13 apogia ...
Today we left the wonderful Refugio Bonatti. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed! We had a short day planned and wanted to be sure we didn't miss too much from the trail the day before after taking the bus. After a slow start to our day, we back tracked a few hours and enjoyed a hole without our packs! Not surprisingly, we found more wild flowers and mountains to capture in photos! Wild flowers make me smile! Breakfast ended at 7:30 am and the Refugio staff ...
... window as we peered into the chasm below.
Now, I give you the tip....Treas was seriously packing it! Seriously!
And I must admit, it was a bloody long way down, with absolutely nothing between us and the specks at the bottom that must have been houses....