01-08-2009, 03:48 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sonthofen, Germany
After lunch in Demonte it’s across the Col de Larche (or Col de la Maddalena) (1948m) back into France. 17km down the hill is a cut-across to the Col de Vars (2109m).
Col de Vars
Returning through Guillestre to Briancon, it’s at warp speed across the Col du Lauteret (2058m), Col du Galibier (2646m) and Col du Télégraphe (1566m) to St. Michel-de-Maurianne, looking for a camp site for the night.
Col du Galibier
Which proved a little difficult, as the first attempt finished with a place that was „on the nose“ due to broken plumbing, the 2. attempt revealed a beautiful, new installation which wasn’t quite completed and therefore still closed....
The final attempt saw us at Modane at the Tunnel du Frejus (the first ever railway-tunnel of the Alps). A nice spot, but too close to the railways and roads (speaker announcements and traffic-noise all through the night), not too loud, but persistent.
It also turned into a wet night, only the 2. time we’ve had rain (the 3. and last wet night was to be at Reit im Winkel). Next morning Werner and Lothar discover, that they’d put up tents a little hastily, resulting in small puddles. This time around I was lucky...
8. day routing:
To be continued!
With the best greatings