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... to deter the flies, but I'm sure I smelt much better.
Talking of going fast uphill, we've been amazed to see how good e-vélos perform on alpine ascents. A woman came belting past us going uphill on a 7-8% slope, and just disappeared into the distance. I think these are a great idea - they could transform commuting and get more people into cycling, and hopefully get a few more cars off the road.
As usual, there were quite a ...
... some pain, the first pain aux raisins of the tour and some tea. It was so hot on the terrace, such a contrast from our previous descent.
We reached our stop for the night, La Maison de Joséphine, by about 1:30pm. Unfortunately it was a 10 minute climb up from Guillestre, one which we repeated sans panniers when we went to search for a restaurant. The terrace outside of the room gave me lots of space to fiddle with the bike. I gave it a good clean and replaced both sets of ...
No cycling today!
We've looked back on some trips we've done in the past and thought it would've been nice to spend more than a single evening in one place, so for this trip we planned a day off.
Paul Henderson in his 'Cycling the French Alps' book recommends Briançon as a good place to spend a day off the bike, so we took his advice.
Briançon is the highest city in France, at 1,326 m. Our hotel, 'Le Temple' is ...
... been more apt). Interesting fact of the day is it takes about 6 minutes to soft boil an egg in Aussois because the water boils at a lower temperature at altitude.
Because the proprietor skis in winter and so cycles in summer to keep fit, he had a track pump! I got very excited about being able to get the tyres to 100psi (7 bar) for the first time on our tour - they were only inflated to about 60psi - how much faster we could have gone uphill!
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Have arrived at Bourg St Maurice, found a hotel with good wifi, and are catching up. Tomorrow its Petit St Bernard in to Italy, then Grand St Bernard into Switzerland, and then Bormio, Furhka and Stelvio passes.