01-08-2009, 08:44 AM
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Sonthofen, Germany
The „Dreamroads of the Alps’ continues...
Via Lanslebourg across the Col de l’Iseran, at 2764 m (the sign at the top proclaims 2770 m) the highest Pass of the Alps.. (The Col de la Bonette shows 2802 m, but the actual pass, Col de Restefond is a lot lower.)
Col de l’Iseran
Down into the Val d’Isère with it’s same-name Ski-resort and via Tignes onto the Petit Sankt-Bernhard (2188m) the border to Italy, leaving France after the last 6 days.
Down the Aosta valley to Aosta and up the Grand Sankt-Bernhard (2469 m) back into Switzerland. Towards Martigny, it’s a right turn across the Col des Planches (1411m) and Pas du Lein (1656m) to Saxon....despite some missing asphalt it’s a route well worth riding. The following stretch into Saxon is one of my favourites and I let rip, getting ahead a little, separating from the group, which pissed off Lothar somewhat.
(To vent his frustration, he made the Buell stand on it’s rear, nearly flipping it.)
Instead of turning up-river to Sion and Sierre to Brig, we turned left in town, crossed the main valley to Leytron and Ovronnaz to Grugnay.
Just short of town the day ended at a quiet camp site, which, above all, also turned out to be one of the cheapest @ 10 SFr/ head incl. Bike. Even the tent-pegs slipped into the soft ground easily and the restaurant nearby didn’t look too shabby either.
The evening revealed a significant loss of rubber on Lothar’s Buell and Dietmar’s BMW,
so the search for fresh hoops started by mobil-phone with a call to the ADAC/ Germany referring us to the Italian AutoClub in Milano...resulting in the info that only brand-dealers were applicable. No hope then to get things done in Tirano (see day11) We finally manged to find a tyre-dealer in Klagenfurt, expecting to be there on day14 , Monday 31.07.00.
Somewhat later than planned, but hopefully the tyres would last until then.
9 day routing: