Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
34Trip End Jul 03, 2012
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It is so nice to ride on scenic roads full of bends, up and down the mountains with so little traffic that I wonder why not more people are doing it.
Just before arriving at Pont Saint Martin, my GPS gave the ghost, so it was back to basic trying to locate the Hotel I booked on the internet.My knowledge of Italian improved very quickly.
After freshening up at the Hotel, I borrowed a mountain bike (FOC from the Hotel) and rode to the Town centre to have a look at the "Pont"which is a Roman Segmented arch bridge dating to the 1st. Century BC.
Another 8 km further north is the Fort Bard, a fortified complex built in the 19th. Century on a rocky prominence above the town. It has a museum of the Alps and Arts exhibition.
There is a beautiful view from the Fort to the narrow valley leading to Aoste and then through the Alpes to the Swiss border.
At 11am the next morning, I left Pont Saint Martin to return to Switzerland and stay with a long time friend of mine at Billens.
I was going to climb to the top of the Grand Saint Bernard pass (2400m) and also to take some pictures of St.Bernard dogs which are sometimes used for searching bodies trapped under the snow after an avalanche.
Unfortunately, the pass was still close due to the abundance (15m) of snow which fell this last winter.
I was forced to go through the long tunnel and fork out another 14 Euro in toll fees in order to get back on the other side of the Alpes.
The weather was so nice that I decided to side track to Champex,
I had lunch by the lake side and by chance I saw the owner of a St Bernard dog seating a couple of tables away. I took this opportunity to take the photos you will see below.
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