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... tomorrow there will be 8000 cyclists riding up here in a cancer fundraiser. Our hotel starts serving them breakfast from 2.45am and they ride up and down the legendary road as often as they can all day. Yes, that's right...UP and DOWN, repeatedly! It is a Dutch event called the Alpe de Huzes and last year raised €30M. The challenge is 6 ascents and descents. Last year someone cracked 9!
The drive up is good, but does not match the Stelvio...better for the cyclist, ...
... way but we did not find it. I fell in love with the cute little marmots that were scampering over the high alpine slopes. We saw very few cars going in either direction - that should have given us some clues as to how far we were off the beaten track. The resorts in this area are quiet with the winter season having finished and the summer not yet in full swing.
We are staying in the Hotel Eidelweiss - a hotel that is very popular ...
... Most of northern France seems to be just acres of farmland and wind turbines - no wonder the farmers run the country! However as we got round the far side of Lyon, The Alps made their first appearance and the first Italian cities appeared on the road signs, (Turin about 500km). Our hotel is not far from the border with Italy, but as we have to go round the mountains to cross over, it will be about 120km or 90 minutes in the ...
... nice bottle of wine and some cheese and baguette, bliss!
Footnote from Steve - the ball thing was like the thing you put a hamster in and then dangle on a piece of string, if you ever come here don't do it!! (Les - hope you hear the emotion on this video)
Off to the high mountains in the morning stopping in a caravan at Interlarken for 3 nights, not sure what the internet will be like if at all so we may be off air for 3 ...
... learned how to stop! I had
to fall any time that I wanted to stop, and once I stopped because I
accidentally ran into a woman, who proceeded to scold me for five minutes. I
returned with a very large bruise on the back of my leg (and ego), and I’m
pretty sure that the sum of all of my falls was the reason I had to enter
physical therapy for my back.
All that being said, I was a little nervous to strap on my
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