Les Balcons des Airelles
Travel Blogs from Les Orres
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 ...
... run around the car park while Nicholas keyed in the only address we had. And we headed off. I did pretty well considering I had 3 new situations. Manual, van, LH drive. And then it happened. The wretched man was up in a mountain somewhere. As we started up inclines it became very scary. Inches between the road and sheer cliff. There were no barriers whatsoever. Wk kept climbing and had it been under different circumstances it would have ...
... back on N85, into the city.
(My descending today sucked.)
Mark was already at the hotel but he was the only one who got there before we did. Steve took us to the garage to store our bikes. After a hot shower and a nap, I hit the streets to check out the neighbourhood. I didn't find too much, really, except a bike shop selling some pretty fancy Wilier machines, a can of 1664 beer and a bag of potato chips, and Dave & Linda hanging out at a ...
... into Gap. It was on a great road and there was not much traffic, but the roads were wet so we had to take it reasonably slowly.
Arrived at our hotel which we have used twice before to find it has undergone extensive renovation. It was wonderful to have a shower standing up!
Tomorrow takes us into new territory which should be fun.
For any Artillery guys reading this, I passed a sign today for Le Chateau des ...
... dampening everyone's mood (get it?). Whatever the reason, we set off almost a full hour after I had planned, which of course set me fretting, but I was determined to ride with the group rather than be a recluse. As we pedaled slowly out of town I recalculated my arrival time and hoped the predicted precipitation wouldn't be punctual.
Fortunately the 10km climb to the Col d'Ornon was an absolute delight, as it wound gently along ...
- Swimming pool
- Pets allowed