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  • Day4

    Yenne 28 km

    July 21, 2017 in France

    Zwei Dinge die mir der Weg aufzeigen will. Erstens lange gemütliche Wege entlang der Rhone sind zwar schön, trotzdem macht das auf lange Zeit kein Spass. Zweitens allein Unterwegs zu sein ist für mich nicht so einfach, quatsche halt zu gerne. Werde beides lernen müssen. Nach dem Kaffeehalt (16 km) im sehr schönen Feriendörfchen Chanaz ging es rauf und runter. Superschön mit perfekten Aussichten ging es wieder zur Rhone runter wo der Schlussspurt auf mich wartete. Bin nun in einer schönen Privatunterkunft in Yenne. Sehr nette Leute, schade ist nur, dass ich die Sprache nicht wirklich behersche.Read more

  • Day5

    Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 28 km

    July 22, 2017 in France

    Ein strenger Tag liegt hinter mir. Die letzten 28 km haben von mir alles abverlangt. Steile auf und abstiege. Dafür habe ich mir dann im Dorf ein Kaffee mit etwas Süsem gegönnt. Nun bin ich bei einer sehr netten Familie angekommen. Roland und Marie verwöhnen mich.

  • Day3

    Serrieres en Chautagne 28 km

    July 20, 2017 in France

    Das Wandern macht richtig Freude, ohne Schmerzen oder anderen Problemen kann ich alles geniesen. Roland mein Mitwanderer hat sich nach 20 km verabschiedet. Eine kurze schöne Zeit hatten wir zusammen verbracht. Nun bin ich alleine Unterwegs. Mühsam ist bis jetzt nur, Unterkünfte, Restaurants oder Einkaufsläden zu suchen. In den meisten Dörfern ist davon nichts mehr zu finden.

  • Day4

    Belladona

    October 31 in France

    Once again the Channel was flat and the crossing smooth under a pale winter sun. But the temperature in France was only 4 degrees and so my first night tested the warmth of my van conversion. Bed very warm and comfortable. Getting up not so easy though!
    I just missed the snow which fell over the Massif Centrale and the roads were clear. In Macon I spent the morning in Renault sourcing some panel clips and getting a small stone impact in the windscreen filled. (€122 discounted from €164, presumably on account of my wonderful personality.)
    Then onto the Alps with this splendid view of the Belladonna range from above Lake Bourget.
    My plan to cross the mountains via one of the colts above Turin was thwarted by the recent snowfalls which resulted in all the passes being closed. I was forced to use the 5 km Frejus tunnel at an exorbitant €44 which was nearly as much as all the motorway tolls from Chambery to Bologna. Forgetting how Italy formed from a thousand independent kingdoms without main roads between them, it was clear that using minor roads to Florence would take all week, so I stayed on the autostrade and cruised along in frequent rain. The van ran quietly and swiftly in comparison to the previous one and I could have listened to the radio if there was the same national broadcast standards as in France, rather than the zillion regional stations with pop music punctuated by lengthy spells of adverts and endless pointless discussion.
    Another advantage of this van is that I can park inside Vanessa's garage, 500 metres from the Duomo and that is where, this first part of the trip has ended.
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  • Day23

    Accidental Lake

    September 19 in France

    Bored of driving and spent too long at the shop so we set the sat nav for the nearest campsite. Ended up on the edge of another huge lake with many villages and nature reserves on its shores. Perfect for cycling and swimming. Weather currently between vindaloo and phaal.
    Side note: 2 loaves is far too much for breakfast.

  • Day5

    Lanslevillard

    June 12, 2017 in France

    What a climb! The Col de L'seran is the highest paved road in Europe, coming in at about 2900 metres. The air was quite thin up there and at 50 kms of climbing I was pretty stuffed when I got to the top, but I did see my first marmot. Ran across the road and then sat up and watched me get my camera out and then ran away. John was on fire today and did not one but two big climbs adding theCol de Mt Cenis to the l'seran, well done. The downhill parts of today's ride were just amazing, goes a long way to ease the pain of getting to the top and we are very well supported by the Marmot crew. The hotel is rather interesting, Sign above the bar says English spoken, clearly only by the guests! We went over to the Tabac for a quiet beer just in time to see the local farmer taking his cows for a walk through the village. The lady in the bar happily told us all about in French, certainly entertaining. Tomorrow the is the biggy of the week the Col de Galibier. Wish me good luck!!!Read more

  • Day4

    Bourg St Maurice

    June 11, 2017 in France

    Well here we are right in the middle of the French Alps surrounded by some of the biggest cycling climbs around. The day started well, I was up early and decided to go outside with the iPad and catch-up. Good in theory, ended up being locked out. Automatic door only lets you out at that time day. Luckily, one of the guides had gone for a run and let me in!!! Today was the start of riding the big hills and the weather was just magic clear skies and 30 degrees.There are a lot poms in the group and they did what they do best, complaining about how hot it was. Poor pasty things. Day started well, we all got stuck at the first set of traffic lights just 10 metres from the hotel! It was one of those that needed weight to activate it, a couple of bikes were just not heavy enough. Sorted we set of on a beautiful gentle climb towards Beaufort. 10 kms out a flat tire, bugger, went from in the first group to dead last then used too much energy trying to catch back up.John had waited in Beaufort and we commenced the climb. It was a beautiful climb and certainly challenging. Being Sunday there were an incredible amount of motor bikes on the climb, one lot of three decided to do monos past us, interesting. Stopped at Lac Roselend for lunch then up and over the top for an amazing and very technical decent down to our hotel. Very nice today, yesterday's was a bit fawlty towers. Tomorrow is a bigger climb. Need my rest.Read more

  • Day8

    St Jean de Maurienne

    June 15, 2017 in France

    We left Alpe du Huez this morning on what was called a balcony road, this is a road that is literally hanging off the edge of the mountain. Quite amazing! Anyway this road was called the Pas de la Confession and well it's made me feel like confessing so here goes, I confess I ride my bike too much. There I feel better already. Seriously though, this was a beautiful start to the day spectacular views, pretty villages and then an amazing downhill ride to the main climb of the day. The Col de la Croix de Fer which translates to mean the pass of the iron cross and there is a big stone plinth at the top that should have an iron cross on it but unfortunately it was recently vandalised. This climb was quite long at 31 kms but was a great climb all the same. Saw another mammot and had to wait at one point while the farmer gathered up his sheep. Great watching his dogs work the flock. This climb was followed by anther large climb today up the Col Du Mollard again beautiful climbing and amazing scenery and a huge downhill ride to the end of the ride. Phew made it in one piece! There is one more big day to go so I need my rest. Goodnight.Read more

  • Day3

    Albertville, we're in the Alps!!!

    June 10, 2017 in France

    Slow morning killing a bit of time while we waited for our pickup to the Alps. Wandered around the old town of Geneva and along the waterfront. Saw this door and above the door there was a sign saying Rue de Pugitory, I guess that's where you go if you've been bad.Decided to Cath the bus to the airport to meet our tour, completely missed our bus stop and walked around the block to find another one. Once on the bus we realised that we had walked right past it. Drove down to Albertville in France home to the 1994 Winter Olympics and aren't the still trying to milk that! Got our bikes setup and went for a lovely little ride through the forest climbing for 10 kms, with a fast downhill return. Not the oldest or greyest in our group so that's good. Serious climbing starts tomorrow, wish me good luck.Read more

  • Day41

    Doussard to Mont du Chat

    July 8, 2017 in France

    We drove to the top of Mont du Chat. Absolutely packed out anywhere near the top so we turned around and drove down 5km to find a spot to park the campervan. After giving hearty congratulations to Erik for finding a spot with plenty of room and a spectacular view, and a celebratory beer/wine, we mounted the Swedish, Norwegian and Aussie flags. Many thanks to Knud and Erica for Aussie flag, which still, thankfully, always gets a great response.
    After a few beers we heard a car go past with Aussies yelling out. Pat went around to the front of the van to give them a wave. Unbelievably, in a car a few behind the Aussies was a group of young French men including Hugo, the young French policeman who had helped us when the panniers had been stolen. They stopped and Hugo came over to say hello. Unbelievable.
    Later still, more friends arrived - Aussies who now lived in Finland, but were holidaying in southern Europe. Welcome Alex, Georgie, Sienna & Leo - lovely folk, who added much needed style to "Aussie corner".
    In Georgie's words:-
    " We drove the route and realised the urgency in which the decision had to be made. The mountain was filling rapidly with boisterous spectators dribbling into every available piece of road verge, with still 24 hours remaining before the riders hit! As we climbed the 15 km of Mont du Chat’s windy, narrow road we could feel the excitement in the air. The atmosphere was electric and we were instantly addicted, we had to be part of this. As we wound back down the mountainside we came across a group of fellow Aussie’s, flags flying flamboyantly! Pulling up alongside their monster of a camper van there was an instant bond over chants of ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie’. They invited us to join their festivities ready for the race the following day. There was a small space just large enough for our van beside their camper. Let’s do it!
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    Our race was on, we had 1.5 hour to get down the hill, fill the van with water, buy food and drinks to last the next 24 hours, and ready our potable toilet. The mountain road was due to be closed off at 5.30 that evening! We achieved the impossible again and were reversing the van into our tight position at 5.30pm with just millimeters to spare between the road and imminent death toppling over the cliff! We’d made it, we couldn’t believe it was really happening, we were road side in our camper at the Tour de France!". You can find Georgie's blog at
    https://readysteadyfinnish.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/bonjour-france-15-july-2017/
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Savoie, Departement de la Savoie, Savoy, Savojo, Saboya, Savoie, Savoia, Sabóia

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