Residence Les Balcons de Sirius
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We left a sunny and calm Riomaggiore on time and without any fuss (apart from my iPhone needing retrieval from our locked apartment). My only frustration was that the ferry service was running for the first time during out stay and we missed our chance for an offshore view of 5T. From La Spezia, we set off with all our satnav technology tuned for a quick exit - however after a single ...
Any word beginning with col is henceforth banned from my vocabulary. Col; colonoscopy; anyone called Colin...
Today I've been up too many cols to count.
Post Alpe d'Huez I was hoping for a gentle ride but this stage was the toughest yet. An Alpine tunnel had collapsed which meant a detour by bus into unchartered territory. No map sheet - just 101k with 2,200m of climbing. The early rain passed and off ...
... the light is on red. There is a countdown timer showing 25. Good, not long to wait. Then as the timer remains unchanging it dawns that the count is in minutes not seconds.
We turn off west at Vinadio and climb up and over the Col de la Lombarde (2,350m) into France. It is an amazing road, starting with 12 tight hairpins all piled on top of each other, so close together ...
... That which was encountered was despatched with relative ease. And then, there we were, up at 2802 metres - some 9000 ft - where we redonned the previously shed fleeces and, in the case of the ladies, zip off legs! On their shorts, obviously! And then a long, long descent before one more col then another run down to civilisation and our hotel! 230 miles, 22,000 feet climbed, fantastic roads, fantastic scenery. Thanks Adrian - 60 years and 1 ...
... café in the town square, we hiked up to the old city of Briancon, exploring its labyrinth of narrow streets lined with shops and restaurants.
The following day we left Briancon under clear skies, heading south in the French Alps. Our first climb was an easy one, leaving the main road at Guillestre, on a steady climb past the little village of Vars, then climbing again up a series of gently twisting sweepers over the Col de Vars, where numerous ...