Days Days 7 & 8
Trip Start May 22, 2011
18Trip End Jun 06, 2011
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Because of the predicted weather ( my golfing buddies will attest that we have always had good weather on our trips - I think my luck just ran out), we departed Barraux at 7 with the intention of getting as much riding in as possible before the rain started. As predicted the rain started about 11:30, and it rained steadily all day. Fortunately the distance was only 85 kms, but we all arrived completely soaked and frozen. Bourg d"Oisans is also the foot of the Alpes de Huez, a very famous climb here in France. There actually is a race up the hill which is about 15 km long
This morning, we had decided to start early again because the day started with a 700 M climb in the first 10km. It was not actually raining until we turned the first pedal stroke. Rowe and I cycled together today. We roared up the hill at a steady pace of 8 kph! It took us about 90 min to get up to the Col d"Ornon (1367M). It rained steadily all the way up until just before we arrived at the summit, it turned to snow. There was a nice little restaurant there where we stopped for something warm. The proprietor advised us that the temp outside was +2C, and that the weather was unlikely to change all day
Must say that I thought my climbing would be getting stronger, but I spent most of today in my granny gear. I discoverd at dinner that I am not the only one having this experience so maybe these have been tougher climbs
Interesting experiencing the different highways in France. Today we spent most of the day on an N highway ands it was fine, and certainly much less busy than some of the D highways. I think you have to have experienced these roads to really understand which ones will be busy and which will have trucks.
Tomorrow we have 133km to do to Greoux Les bains. The day starts with a very steep climb, but should then be a gentle downhill for the next 90 km. We have also just discovered that tomorrow is a national holiday so we are not certain what we will find open. We may be existing on energy bars!
My apologies that some of the pictures are sideways. I can turn them on the computer but as soon as I upload them to the blog they revert to sideways. If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me know