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After a horrid nights sleep, with 3 of us not well, we left Asti and drove towards the French border and the formidable Alps. We encountered quite a few tunnels that we had to drive through with some being over 5kms long. At least this saved us having to wind our way through the mountains. Once again there were snow capped mountains on either side of us.
We entered into France and came across a little ski town in the French Alps that was covered in snow. Sophie ...
... stranded in their cars in the snow that night. Eventually this friend got home in 36 hours to find their luggage left behind.
I would have to ski. I'm a bit of a wimp. I didn't want to break bones. It was all rather nerve-wracking. I cautiously followed the others to the slopes looking like a giant toasted marshmallow with an added hired helmet for protection and some rather uncomfortable, ridiculously hard to get into and walk ...
... to ski. As in, actually ski.
Thankgod for the human behind hey?
After an hour of human bobsledding (both deliberate and accidental), El stacking it numerous times and random acts of kindness whereby people stopped and offered to ski with my ski's down the mountain (in which I politely accepted), we made it...and took the next two days off skiing.
A white 'orphan' Christmas in the French Alps? Lived the dream!
We've left Lourmarin with some sorrow, but soon perked up when we got into the Alps. It's been a perfect day, the trees are turning Autumn colours and although it's 26 degrees there's snow on the high tops. Briancon has this amazing fort built to keep the Italians out many years ago. Tomorrow we go over the mountain to Italy toward ...
... note brought a rye smile to my face. As I navigated the one way system out of the old town the sound of the bike echoed off the old stone walls. Soon onto the open road, traffic was quiet and there was a cool chill in the air of the clear mountain morning, I was lucky as it was an almost cloudless sky which would result in great views and pictures from the summit. Soon the turn off came to Col de la Bonette - 2802m - and I took a photo of the sign which highlighted it as ...