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Woke up with high hopes of an early ride today looked out the window and could not believe how far down the mountain the cloud had rolled. Climbing big Cols was out of the question.
We took an early morning trip St Jean de Maurienne to stock up on supplies and have a coffee and croissant. The weather started getting worse so it was time for bread, cheese, salami and wine.
By the afternoon the rain stopped ...
We just finished the tour du Mont Blanc - 180km, 3 countries, 9 days! Also some sore feet by the end...
actually it was probably some of the nicest hiking we have ever done - stayed in some lovely hotels and mountain refuges, ate amazing food each day, good wine each night!
Think Andy was a bit de estates to be in Chamonix in summer rather than winter, but ...
Today the plan was to ride three or four cols, well that was the plan, the weather had other ideas.
I set off at 5.30am with just a light drizzle and if you have seen today's stage of the TDF you would know it became progressively worse.
I made it to Thones climbing the Col De Bluffy however by then I was soaked through. My rain booties and gloves had given up and became water capsules, I couldn't warm up and still had to climb over 1400 metres.
The Alps beat me ...
... is the French love for pizza. Every block had a pizzeria, many of which were closed this being Sunday. Having had our fill of pizza last night, we found only one other restaurant open that had other selections. The place was full and the single waiter told us there would be a half hour wait, we didn't have much of a choice there so we waited at the bar. Within 20 minutes we were seated amongst the other guests that were staying at the hotel. It ...
... the building which was accessible only through a narrow doorway barely wide enough for a car. I was going to bring my bike up the room as usual, but the woman at the desk wouldn't allow that, instead taking me to a lock up out back. I wasn't worried about the bike...the lock up was 10ft deep and 40ft long with a bicycle stand running along the floor for the whole 40ft length. There were a dozen bikes in there already and I put ***** right beside ...
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