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Today we had a 20.1km climb at 5.5%. It was overcast but thankfully the rain held off until we were arriving at the campsite. Our SPOT tracker has died today, so unfortunately shows us still in Guilestre! We plan to carb load now as have a huge day tomorrow up the Cime de la Bonette (2802m), a 23.1km climb at 6.5%. Yikes. Also saw our first sign to the finish line in Nice ...
Distance: 69km Cumulative distance: 3531km Best Convenience: campsite at Isola with a restaurant! Riding conditions: good, mostly smooth Weather: cloudy, but good weather for climbing Elevation gain: 1650m There was a sense of doom as we got dressed this morning - did we jinx ourselves by buying Cime de La Bonette cycle jerseys before we've actually cycled the mountain? If we don't make it, will we have to ride back down to return the shirts... ? Today's ...
... sucked, as then we had to climb back up again! There was nothing really special about this pass, the scenery wasn't anything spectacular, no amazing descent, and with the undulating ascent it wasn't even a great climb. Perhaps we have been a bit spoilt here by the other great Cols. We might have only ridden 3462km, but I think we're starting to get a little bit sick of riding. I often find myself daydreaming ...
We woke on Friday morning and decided it was time to move on! The weather forecast for Nice was bad for a few days so we decided to head to Italy. There were two routes, one through Nice & Monaco and the other over the Mercantor Mountains. The mountain option was the shorter & quicker of the two so we opted for that. It was a crazy drive, we climbed to 2350m to reach the boarder of France & Italy. There was snow at the top, it ...
... happiness. I am glad God blessed me with the presence of this wonderful woman, even if I never learned her name. For now and forever more, I guess I will just have to call her my 3rd grandmother.
So that was my first night in Nice. I walked back to the hotel, laid down and attempted to prepare myself for what I could never imagine.
WAKE UP! yes and no. Waking up at 7:30 the ...