Residence L'Oree des Pistes
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Finally some sunshine, well at least a peek through the clouds every now and then. Ready to ride at 5.30am and the night clerk forgot to leave the key out for the shed. Another late start then I'm off to climb Col du Mollard.
Fantastic climb this one fairly long and through forest on the lower slopes and wildflowers above the cloud line. I was a little lost for a while just a little, stupid Garmin! But soon was back on track.
... 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.
... and if the weather permits I will add the Montee La Toussure at 1705m.
Right outside our doorstep is the road to the Col Du Telgraphe and the Galibier which tops out at a frightening 2645m. That's looking like my Sunday sparrows ride.
We visited the ski village of Valloire today just above (on the road) but below the top of the Telegraphe in elevation. I could see part of the Galibier from there. Its an intimidating looking climb.
... a door. Weird.
Connie and I spent the next few hours washing cycling gear and my bike so I'd be ready for Alpe D'Huez the next day and getting cleaned up so we could go out for dinner. We found a really great little restaurant a couple of hundred meters from the hotel where I had Tartare de boeuf and Connie had a big plate of pasta. At the table beside us was a couple with a great looking chocolate Lab that quietly laid there between the tables. ...
... that had checked us in was actually the owner of the hotel and she was helped by her son and daughter in law.
Somewhat sated I took some time to wash off the sweat from the bike. I had to dismantle the front fork stem from the frame and pull out the bearing set to clean that all off. The salt from the sweat had eaten its way in and was starting to cause some rust to build up, which is not a good thing. Once I got all that done we ...
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