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... reasonable gradient as it left St Michel behind.
The descents were frightening and bloody cold, especially from the top of Col de Beau Plan with visibility at about five metres above 1000m. It was a bit of a shock when a deer darted out in front of me. I had my full winter gear on and it was barely enough.
We are off for dinner soon in St Michel then tomorrow two TDF climbs are on the agenda.
We just finished the tour du Mont Blanc - 180km, 3 countries, 9 days! Also some sore feet by the end...
actually it was probably some of the nicest hiking we have ever done - stayed in some lovely hotels and mountain refuges, ate amazing food each day, good wine each night!
Think Andy was a bit de estates to be in Chamonix in summer rather than winter, but ...
Today the plan was to ride three or four cols, well that was the plan, the weather had other ideas.
I set off at 5.30am with just a light drizzle and if you have seen today's stage of the TDF you would know it became progressively worse.
I made it to Thones climbing the Col De Bluffy however by then I was soaked through. My rain booties and gloves had given up and became water capsules, I couldn't warm up and still had to climb over 1400 metres.
The Alps beat me ...
... base of Mont Blanc. Stunning views around every corner and a great place to stop for a beer and a bite before heading back to Annecy.
Tomorrow I climb the Col de L'Arpettaz a climb full of hairpins and a little known gem down towards Albertville.
Rain is forecast so it could be interesting.
... kilometers followed by long stretches of very gradual climbs, flats and downhills. The last 8km started in a skiing village and was really steep all the way to the top. The roads overall were in fairly poor condition and only wide enough for one car in the final 6km. I drove the car while Connie hung out the window snapping pics like mad. At around the half way mark in one of the valleys we passed a rather large fast moving river with ...