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  • Day44

    Doussard to Annecy and back

    July 11, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Lake Annecy has a very good bike path right around it, so we decided to ride the 18km to Annecy to have a look. Tracey wanted to get a bike shop to service the rear hub on her bike, and Erik wanted to ride up into the mountains that run along next to the lake. After dropping the bike at a bike shop we all had lunch at a restaurant in the very picturesque town centre. The place was teeming with people. Fuelled up with fish and chips and beer/wine, Erik and Pat headed for the hills while Karen and Tracey stayed in town to have a haircut (Tracey), wait for the bike, shop, etc.
    Erik and Pat headed back along the very busy bike path for a bit then headed up towards the Col de Leschaux at 900m, a 450m climb. It was a nice climb on a good quiet road, not too steep with grades around 5%. At Leschaux we could turn left to head back down to the lake. To the right was the road to Montee du Semnoz, another 800m of climbing in 13.5km. Erik said "We have to ride up a little bit". Of course once we started there was no stopping until we reached the top. The views down into the valleys and to the surrounding mountains were amazing. It was perfect weather for climbing.
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  • Day40

    Saint Gervais les Bains to Doussard

    July 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We got an early start from the gite, leaving the fee inside the hosts "prive" door, so as not to wake them. The traffic had not yet reached its full peak, when we turned right off the main road a few kms of steepish climbing later, in St Gervais Les Bains. After 10-12 km of constant climbing and steadily worsening traffic, it was a relief to roll into stylish Megeve, with its extensive morning markets just starting to kick off.
    We had coffee and cake in a lovely corner watching the market activity.
    The traffic wasn't too bad after Megeve, and Tracey made it up the 10% climb on the bypass without strangling me at the top. There was a long steep descent to negotiate, but, fortunately, most of it was newly surfaced.
    Lunch in Ugine from the Boulangerie and eaten pique-nique style beside the gloriously smooth, gloriously fIat, gloriously traffic-free and shady CYCLE PATH. The path led all the way to Doussard.
    We met our friends, Karen and Eric, in the campervan in Doussard and camped next to the lake - a great evening of swimming, catching up, eating and drinking ensued.
    60km, 810m climbing.
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  • Day43

    Mont du Chat to Doussard

    July 10, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We had decided to spend another night parked on the side of Mont du Chat. The next morning we drove down the mountain and into Chambery to have a look. Erik managed to find a good park close to the centre and we walked in to the Office du Tourisme where we got details of a self guided walking tour of the city. The walking tour route is marked on the ground with red elephants. Chambery is a very nice town.
    After lunch we head for Annecy to find a place to camp. The French school holidays had just started, and we found that the campgrounds close to Annecy were all booked out. The one at the southern end of the lake that we had stayed at before le Tour had plenty of room so we headed down there. It is quite a nice campground with direct access to a (painfully stony) swimming beach.
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  • Day6

    Kleine wandeling bij Doussard

    July 11, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Het is vandaag bewolkt en minder warm. En het wordt vandaag een rustig dagje. Ik loop weer naar de bakker om stokbrood te halen. Na het ontbijt gaan we wandelen bij Doussard. Er is daar een natuurpark, Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac, waar twee rivieren doorstromen die uitmonden in het meer. Het is een soort wetland waar een route doorloopt, gedeeltelijk over bruggetjes. Het gebied is niet groot, maar wel leuk om even een rustige, vlakke wandeling te maken. Na ruim een uur lopen gaan we weer terug naar de tent om te lunchen. De rest van de middag ook bij de tent gebleven.Read more

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