Madame Vacances Residence Le Chalet d'Orcieres
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... tyre with a new plug. I will need a new tyre when I get home but I'm hoping this will get me there.
I then set the navi to take me via mountain roads over to Gap. It is a really stunning ride. Unlike, say, the high Alps in Austria and Switzerland, the French build quaint villages way up in the sky. Basically if it was even remotely feasible to build a road to a mountain top ...
We've left Lourmarin with some sorrow, but soon perked up when we got into the Alps. It's been a perfect day, the trees are turning Autumn colours and although it's 26 degrees there's snow on the high tops. Briancon has this amazing fort built to keep the Italians out many years ago. Tomorrow we go over the mountain to Italy toward ...
... with the minimal level of risk and having learnt lessons previously from the Passo D'Stelvio (arrived on a Sunday - when all Italian Ferraris and sports bike riders get out to shake off some cobwebs). A sleep in was seriously tempting in the fabulous hotel, however I wanted to beat the tourists and other bike riders so as not to eat their dust, diesel fumes and be safer. By request I pushed my bike away from the garage door and fired her up. The unmistakable burble of the BMW's ...
... knowing I could make Pisa tomorrow and thinking safety first I rode into the first camp site. Keen for a cabin for a quick and early get away in the morning they were all full. As I spoke with the camp site manager a huge thunder clap rang out across the valley and a lighting bolt lit up the darkening sky - decision made camping was now not an option. The manager called up a few hotels for me and recommended the Le Grand Hotel as they had secure bike parking - she called reception ...
... stop and take photos to capture the moment, which is exactly what I did. The attached pictures provide some indication of what it was like...and if any pictures can capture the feeling of "why we ride..." Then these certainly do...however you had to be there... I believe that it takes over two weeks (trip) to get into a space where reflection on the outdoors and the experience takes place. It also takes a couple of weeks to feel at one with ones machine and feel flow–I am there ...