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Old 01-07-2009, 10:41 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by schismatic
great report!
Tank you!

Originally Posted by schismatic
are you going to post the rest in 2027?
Not really!

Here is the next part:


Today starts with a challenge...Grenoble is a scouts nightmare. Tacking south , it’s first across the Col du Cucheron (1139m)and the Col de Porte (1326m).
The right-turn toSarcenas presents a great view across the city of Grenoble.


A right turn in town got us across the Isère River and onto N 532 on the other side of the valley.
Easy to find the way towards Villard-de-Lans from here... Past Villard-de-Lans are the Gorges de la Bournes, a very impressive gorge.

Gorges de la Bournes

Via Pont-en-Royans to Auberivēs-en-Royans, and left up the Col Gaudissart (840m) to the Combe Laval.
This stretch belongs decidedly into the „jewels-of-the-trip“ category...the views from Combe Laval, the sheer vertical’s breathtaking !!

Combe Laval

Another obligatory stop was at the Col de la Machine (1015m) „4 bikes (in German: “Maschinen”) at the Col de la Machine!“

Col de la Machine

Still tacking south, the Col de Lachau (1337m)followed by the Col de St. Alexis (1222m) and across the spectacular Col de Rousset (1254m)

Col de Rousset

to Die and Châtillon. In Menée (start of the Col de Menée) it was left to the Cirque d’Archiane, a 14 km long rock-bowl with 1000m high cliffs...the setting reminds of old Western-movies....expecting a bunch of Indians behind every bush.

Cirque d’Archiane

Across the Col de Menée (1457m) and Col du Prayet (1197m) the road drops into the valley at Clelles. Just out of Mens, Dietmar realized that he was short on fuel (carrying all that extra-weight of the camp-kitchen) ...the consequent search for a petrol station also got the shopping done in one hit.

The last pass of the day was the Col Accarias (892m) and everyone baulked at the thought of another stop, even though the bungee-jump off a bridge near La Mure might’ve been worth it...a few more kilometers to Valbonnais got us to the very generous camp site at a small lake.
Despite Dietmars language skills and the initially assigned camp spot, the owner lateron decided to move us to another place as a bigger group was expected...
As compensation for the trouble we got some showers tokens.
It seems to be a popular place, (especially with Dutch travellers)... however, it’s certainly recommendable due to it’s location at the lake and pretty surrounds.
The lake also offered a welcome dip after a long day in the saddle...

5. day routing:

to be continued!

Best greatings
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