Residence LVR L'Ecrin des Neiges
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... col – to cross over a pass
la forêt – forest
les montagnes – mountains
la vallée – valley
la plaine – plain
la rivière – river
le lac – lake
le ruisseau – stream
la cascade – waterfall
grande randonnée – long-distance hiking trail
... in turn is a continuation of the ‘Rue du Temple’ where many Knights Templar had houses in the Middle Ages.
The road to the Asfeld Bridge, built to allow communication between the Old Town and the Fort on the top of the next hill, is gravelled and steep. But we made it! It spans the Durance river gorge with a single arch nearly 60 metres high and is still considered an amazing feat of engineering.
... descents off the major cols. Bad road conditions apparently. Looks like a tricky stage.
James the super domestique scored a stove top coffee percolator yesterday and gets up at 6.30 to make me a pot. He's a star!
I've arranged to roll out with our German camping friends to the meeting point at Barcelonette where riders not staying up in Pra Loup join the peloton before the official timing start point. We get there with ...
... the kids.People are very friendly and my French and hand gestures are getting me by thankfully but every now and then you come across someone not too helpful, but that is the same everywhere and at the moment we have some delightful Italians next to us who have just ridden up Cime de la Bonette as well and though don't speak English we seem to be sharing stories and their food and grappa.On the subject of food the boys will be glad to know that ...
... not stopping for photos on the way up - will get them later on the descent). I overtake about a dozen riders in this first section, lots of familiar faces and mutual words of encouragement. Then the road kicks up to 9% and concentration is a must. Passing more and more riders, including the first two girls (Ingelborg and Helen) by the time I reach the first aid station at 9km. I don't stop. Have found ...