Residence Le Hameau des Ecrins
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
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... but the so-called "facilities" were awful....Old, tired, dilapidated and ferkin ugly!
And, it was still stinking hot - like 40+! and no breeze, and the air thick with mozzies that you could cull with a sword....no pool, ugly showers....
So we just bunkered down, and enjoyed a lovely cold shower in ...
Our "bio" breakfast included porridge oats, raisins, homemade jams, toast and coffee served in proper-sized mugs. The coffee here has been great, but just sometimes we crave big mugfuls of it rather than the piddly little cups that most places serve.
We faffed about a bit while packing up, subconsciously delaying our departure and another 20 km of uphill cycling.
We were blessed with good weather again, clear blue ...
... Galibier, we were mightily relieved to get to the summit in the dry and sunny weather, and descend in the relative warmth of the June sunshine. Unlike the other cols further north, there was no snow at the summit.
After the meadows and pines marking the ascent, the landscape quickly changes on the north side of the col to bare rock and jagged outcrops.
We got the twisty bits of the descent done and then stopped at a pâtisserie in a little place called Arvieux. ...
... old part of town opposite l'église - a good place from where to explore the historical centre.
Unlike yesterday, the weather was gloriously sunny today, so it was nice just to wander the steep avenues of the fortified town and take in the atmosphere of the place. There are very few tourists around, and some of the tackier tourist shops are still closed this early in the season, which suited us fine. The buildings are 4 or 5 stories high and painted ...
... look at elevation profiles I don't actually believe them, but we could have free wheeled for the first 20km of our ride today. We made the most of it.
St. Jean de Maurienne is the town at the foot of the Col du Télégraphe. We stopped briefly just to take a layer of clothing off before starting the climb. The first few kilometres meander through a residential area before rising through woodland, revealing impressive views of the valley we had just cycled ...