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February 6, 2011

Switzerland to France: Tasch to Chamonix

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Our turbo tour of Switzerland’s Alps ended too soon. From Tasch near Zermatt we’d head to Chamonix France. On the way out of Switzerland, (more…)

January 31, 2011

Switzerland: Bellinzona to Zermatt

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Aletsch Galcier (panorama)

By morning the night’s heat had broken.  We woke to a cool and humid new day in Bellinzona .  It felt like dawn in the tropics.  It had been a (more…)

January 24, 2011

Italy and Switzerland: To Val Müstair and Bormio

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Inside the Benedictine Convent at Müstair (HDR)

On our summer European road trip, the Kangoo would next come to rest in Bormio, Italy.  Bormio sits at the base of Passo dello Stelvio a legendary road cycling climb.  We had a date in the coming days with this suffer fest of a bike climb.

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November 13, 2010

Argeles-Gazost to Sort and on to Andorra

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, France, Road Bike Travel, Spain, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 6:50 pm

We passed this mystery hill town in the Spanish countryside on our way to Sort

Sometimes, as we plan trips, themes emerge spontaneously.  Once a theme emerges, we slavishly follow it.  Seriously, who are we to tempt fate?

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August 3, 2010

Passo dello Stelvio

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Leaving Bormio, Passo dello Stelvio is 21.3 kilometers ahead.

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche

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June 28, 2010

Alpe d’Huez

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, France, Road Bike Travel, Travel — anotherheader @ 10:42 pm

It rains everyday in the French Alps.  It seems that way to us, at least.  Each day after our arrival from the south of France, the weather in Les (more…)

June 16, 2010

Les Deux Alpes

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An alpine peak viewed from our room in Les Deux Alpes

After a long drive, about 6 hours, from Carcassonne, we reached our next destination, Les Deux Alpes.  Les Deux Alpes is best known as an alpine skiing destination, but it does lie (more…)

June 15, 2010

Col des Borderes

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, France, Road Bike Travel, Travel — anotherheader @ 4:25 pm

Becky on the road to Estaing

Looming rain has been a near constant for this trip.  Nothing changed for our last full day in the Pyrenees.  The day started with rain, which (more…)

Col du Tourmalet

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, France, Road Bike Travel, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 9:58 am

After being crushed on our climb of Hautacam we seriously doubted the lucidity of our col climbing endeavors.  Certainly it was foolish for us to conceive of climbing France’s Tour caliber slopes on any bike.  But for us (more…)

June 10, 2010

Hautacam

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Becky around 6 km from the top of Hautacam

Our arrival in the French Pyrenees town of Argeles-Gazost signaled a change in the focus of our trip. To this point, the sights, fine food, and good wine had been our focus. Now it was time for some heavy-duty bike riding.

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