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... that looked part Aussie explorer, part American cowboy. Have no idea what the connection is to here. We are now in our stop for tonight, a smallish town called Barcelonnette. It has an unusual connection to Mexico somehow (sculpture didn't look Mexican -no sombrero) so a lot of the cafes and restaurants serve Mexican food. I think some of the town folk fled religious persecution many, many years ago and ended up in a Mexico. This town is surprising, it must ...
Barcelonnette is nestled in the bottom of a valley and all routes out are up. There are several mountain passes in every direction but the forecast was not great and the only clear prediction was South East. Just as well that was the way I was going.
La Bonette is 2802m high and the highest point in this area. John Hermann (hereafter known as JH) recommends a circuitous route of about 200km which takes in 3 high passes. I set off about 10am and ...
... out of date. He marks the best rides with purple but I have ridden a few of them and seriously doubt that I would be calling major thoroughfares with trucks "best rides". Some of them are not even twisty - just dead straight and boring.
John Hermann seems to be much more reliable, so I have gone north and am basing myself in Barcelonette for the next few days on his recommendation. It's also the jumping off point ...
... just how high up you really are. I of course had to get even higher
and so climbed the mountain further. Was I the highest person in Europe for that
short space of time???
I was so taken by this view that I sat up there for well over a hour just
looking around at the world. Finally I jumped aboard my Transalp and headed down
the other side of the pass. It again was photo after photo until I finally
arrived at a old and abandoned ...
Oh no I thought as I headed all the way back into town and sure enough there at the entrance to town was the one I drove past a few hours ago.
Petrol stations were something I did not see much of on this route and especially in any of the towns I passed through. I only had about 50miles or so to the next big town called Gap but I was not taking any chances.
After filling my tank its onwards along the D94 which is a magical road. ...