Les Villages Clubs Du Soleil Valmorel
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... of trucks, all jostling for position, whilst juggling the mind-computer read-outs of the closing rates of the cars in the mirrors, vs our own closing rate on the truck in front...before swooping into the over-taking lane, and then back again into the "slow" lane without causing a 40 car pile-up...
Becomes a bit stressful in something with the acceleration of a tortoise with a ...
... Galibier, we were mightily relieved to get to the summit in the dry and sunny weather, and descend in the relative warmth of the June sunshine. Unlike the other cols further north, there was no snow at the summit.
After the meadows and pines marking the ascent, the landscape quickly changes on the north side of the col to bare rock and jagged outcrops.
We got the twisty bits of the descent done and then stopped at a pâtisserie in a little place called Arvieux. ...
... old part of town opposite l'église - a good place from where to explore the historical centre.
Unlike yesterday, the weather was gloriously sunny today, so it was nice just to wander the steep avenues of the fortified town and take in the atmosphere of the place. There are very few tourists around, and some of the tackier tourist shops are still closed this early in the season, which suited us fine. The buildings are 4 or 5 stories high and painted ...
Distance: 97 km
Ascent: 2,150 m
Descent: 2,276 m
We took: 7h 24m
Stoker's quote of the day: "Chris, is this supposed to be a holiday?"
You know that feeling, your hands are so cold you can't feel the brakes? Well that was me for the first 30 minutes of descent from the top of Col du Galibier.
The day started quite well. Good breakfast at the Hotel du Soleil (although when we arrived yesterday hotel du pluie ...
... a right turn onto the D83 and a final 8 km ascent of the day to Aussois. I've come to the conclusion that ascents at the end of the day's riding are a really bad idea.
By this time the weather had turned showery, which meant trying to keep dry and cool at the same time while continuing uphill. I opted for cool, and didn't put my jacket on and so got a soaking and chilled again as we arrived into Aussois.
The hotel du Soleil is a ...