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March 1, 2011

France: Beaune

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage, Wine — anotherheader @ 6:15 pm

Room of the Poors inside Hospices de Beaune

Leaving Chamonix and the French Alps there was time for just one more stop before our two-month long road trip finished full circle at Charles de Gaulle Airport.  Google maps (more…)

February 25, 2011

France: Chamonix, Petit Balcon Nord

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, MTB Travel, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 8:16 am

Becky on Le Tour's singletrack

It had all looked good in the pictures.  Scenes of mountain bikers working their way along rocky single-track with snowy alpine peaks in the (more…)

February 24, 2011

France: Chamonix, Chemin de fer du Montenvers

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, Italy, Travel — anotherheader @ 12:37 am

Chemin de fer du Montenvers or the Montenvers Railway near Hotel de Montenvers

Téléphériques are not the only way up into Chamonix’s famous mountains.  Another mode of transport is the Chemin de fer du Montenvers or the Montenvers Railway.  This (more…)

February 21, 2011

France: Chamonix and Aiguille du Midi

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, Italy, Travel — anotherheader @ 7:13 pm

The téléphérique heads to Aiguille du Midi

We were 8,000 feet below the surface of the Earth when our Kangoo returned to France for the last time. The border crossing was deep in the Mont Blanc (more…)

February 6, 2011

Switzerland to France: Tasch to Chamonix

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, Italy, Road Bike Travel, Switzerland, Travel — anotherheader @ 1:18 am

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

Filed under: Europe 2010, Road Bike Travel, Switzerland, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 7:26 pm

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 29, 2011

Italy to Switzerland: Bormio to Bellinzona

Filed under: Europe 2010, Italy, Switzerland, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 10:08 pm

When our summer trip was being dreamt up the vague notion of traveling the spine of Alps developed.  But what would that mean in (more…)

January 24, 2011

Italy and Switzerland: To Val Müstair and Bormio

Filed under: Europe 2010, Italy, Road Bike Travel, Switzerland, The List, Travel, UNESCO World Heritage — anotherheader @ 2:05 am

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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December 30, 2010

Italy: Cortina d’Ampezzo and Via Ferrata Marino Bianchi

Filed under: Europe 2010, Italy, Travel — anotherheader @ 9:18 pm

Above Rifugio Lorenzi with our guide Nadia

Examining Cortina d’Ampezzo’s trail map we noticed something curious.  Some of the alpine trails were labeled with a line of pluses, (more…)

Italy: Cortina, Route 14 “Mietres Freeride” and Route 6

Filed under: 2010, Europe 2010, Italy, MTB Travel, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 7:28 am

Becky hits the trails outside of Cortina d'Ampezzp


Somewhere amongst all the biking gear jammed in the back of our Kangoo was a set of knobby mountain bike tires.  When we planned the trip, we (more…)

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