Les Balcons du Soleil Orcieres
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... usually like this and we should come back Tuesday or Wednesday. He had hired a bike to that poor soul trying to descend and thought he would cancel the booking but it was his only chance to climb the legendary Alpe D'Huez so down he went, I hope he made it back up.
I didn't like the thought of descending at a standstill so decided to bail and we will go back either Tuesday or Wednesday morning as I have to climb this beast before we leave.
On the plus side we stocked ...
... a couple of cars on the way down...safely of course... ;-)
At the bottom we went into the town of Bourg D'Oisan and went to the biggest of the three cycling shops to check things out. I picked up a nice pair of Assos bib shorts for about 2/3s of what we'd pay in Canada. I also got a new set of pedals for half the price of what we pay. Connie grabbed a coffee to go and then we started our way back to La Grave. The ...
... or so we were overtaking all the cycles, we climbed with them to 8500 ft, then descended with them the other side, the problem is we were marginally quicker than them on the uphill but alot of them were quicker than us on some of the down hills! Of our 45 miles, we were with them for 40!! but we got there slowly!
The both of us ...
Another quiet down day. There were fresh food markets up top of the town. Brent and I had a wander. At lunch Nicholas and Claire went up to buy some fresh carrots for lunch and came back a beautiful bunch with stems on. I was impressed that they did that without any language!! The carrots were good too! I wondered how much the guinea pigs would have liked those stems but unfortunately had to throw them out. :-( We headed off to find the ...
... s when I hit the cobblestones. My front wheel got caught in between two stones and the front wheel stopped dead but my momentum flipped me forward. I managed to unclip just before going completely over the handlebars and I saved the moment, but not without getting a good wack in the knees from my pedals. As this was happening, seemingly in slow motion, I could hear the gasps of the people in the bar, followed by some clapping as I saved it. I went into ...
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