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Old 11-13-2013, 11:29 PM   #91
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The last major step down into the main valley seems to be just a sheer drop…and that's where the Montvernier Serpentines come in. Remember the pic of that bag-of-switchbacks earlier?


Yeah, that one!




























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Old 11-13-2013, 11:30 PM   #92
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If you don't KNOW it's there…or if you're another 200m away, you'd miss it altogether.







The afternoon has gotten warm in Montvernier town…







…and after that thrill-a-minute downhill stretch from the top of the Madeleine we're ready to pull the pin. First, petrol though…and then a drink, really…something cold and foamy would be niiiice!

Into St. Jean de Maurienne then, a servo is quickly found at the outskirts of town, a place to stay seems to be a lot harder to find without the prepped list of options.

A scouting run into town throws up the St. Georges, I nail the rooms and pickup the crew that's sweltering in the afternoon sun.





She said "bikes around the back"….through here??





Bike-Parking; Middle-Ages-style







…and an ice- cold Pelforth Brune, YEESSS!!!







Highly recommended at~ 50Euro/ night/head incl. a generous breakfast, bike parking under vaulted ceilings, a lift that works and a very bike-friendly host!
AND a good supply of ice- cold Pelforth Brune, YEESSS!!!







The obligatory, and always anticipated, stroll through town.







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Old 11-13-2013, 11:31 PM   #93
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House with a belly…






Local goats-cheese….at ~A$26/kg!!….the price of the Supermarket Cracker-Barrel plastic-junk in Oz. Anyone wants to share one? No?? Shucks!
This thing will still smell better out of the topbox after 4 days in the sun than the jox+socks, promise…still NO? Let's have another beer instead then…knew there'd be takers for THAT!









"I know nuffink!!"








La Taverne comes up with the goods…






What is it about Cafe's and Ducati's??


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Old 11-13-2013, 11:39 PM   #94
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That's the first 9 days out of 23 and we're just about into our strides by now.
If there's anyone reading along, please hop across to the home-forum for a continuation of the yarn. Saves me the time and effort of cross-posting everything.
Thanks

Here's the link to the thread:
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4857

And a link to continue straight on from here:
http://www.austouring.com/forum/show...t=4857&page=37

(or post #181, when following the first link)
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:02 AM   #95
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If you don't KNOW it's there…or if you're another 200m away, you'd miss it altogether.
Yup - rode RIGHT by it in 2011. Never knew it was there

Or, for that matter, the climb out of Villargondran just south of St. Jean.

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Hah! I stayed there in July of '06
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:26 AM   #96
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this is a keeper pic Pete.. nice!

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:21 AM   #97
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Yup - rode RIGHT by it in 2011. Never knew it was there

Or, for that matter, the climb out of Villargondran just south of St. Jean.
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That is the beauty of the Alps, you can ride it year after year and never see all of it!

I rode many of those places last year, seems longer than that now. Great roads, and although it was France, I was not impressed with the food, prefer the Bavarian and N Italian meals better.

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Old 11-14-2013, 07:25 AM   #98
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That is the beauty of the Alps, you can ride it year after year and never see all of it!

I rode many of those places last year, seems longer than that now. Great roads, and although it was France, I was not impressed with the food, prefer the Bavarian and N Italian meals better.

Will follow you on the other site!
... and you never did finish that ride report...

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Old 11-14-2013, 10:44 AM   #99
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Halooo Glitch,
Yeah I'm reading!! And going crazy with the idea of getting into this same terrain one day! Fabulous report! The tone of the writing really keeps the story moving and adeptly shifts from humor to seriousness. Well done. Really, really well done. And you know when to let the fine photos do the talking, too. Excellent all around. I've got some catching up to do but when I get to the proverbial "fork in the road" I'll swerve over onto your website and pick up the tale there. Thanks for taking all the time and effort into putting this report up here. Alps reports are a real fan favorite and while plain pass-bagging trips are fine and usually have a lot of info, but yours goes beyond and that, to me, makes it special. Thanks again!
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:18 AM   #100
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Or, for that matter, the climb out of Villargondran just south of St. Jean.

The little Col de Mollard, another gem, you're right. Only north to south though. Had it planned for the return loop but spent too much time on the Col de Sarenne out of Alpe d'Huez. There's always more...




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this is a keeper pic Pete.. nice!
Thanks....love the area, too. Views are always grande, being so close to the main ridge.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #101
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That is the beauty of the Alps, you can ride it year after year and never see all of it!

I rode many of those places last year, seems longer than that now. Great roads, and although it was France, I was not impressed with the food, prefer the Bavarian and N Italian meals better.

Will follow you on the other site!

True...it'd take endless lifetimes to see it all.
As for food....well, as Colonials we're used to mutton + boiled potatoes with Fish+Chips on Sundays....which makes everything else look pretty damn good
Thanks for looking in here...and welcome on the other site.





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Halooo Glitch,
Yeah I'm reading!! And going crazy with the idea of getting into this same terrain one day! Fabulous report! The tone of the writing really keeps the story moving and adeptly shifts from humor to seriousness. Well done. Really, really well done. And you know when to let the fine photos do the talking, too. Excellent all around. I've got some catching up to do but when I get to the proverbial "fork in the road" I'll swerve over onto your website and pick up the tale there. Thanks for taking all the time and effort into putting this report up here. Alps reports are a real fan favorite and while plain pass-bagging trips are fine and usually have a lot of info, but yours goes beyond and that, to me, makes it special. Thanks again!

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Thanks for having a peek in and posting up, too
Can only write it up the way I've seen it and felt about it at the time...or in hindsight. The "pass-bagging"/competitive angle is certainly the more usual style, perhaps the lack of which making this yarn fall over here.


Whatever, it's written up primarily for those who were there, enjoyed the places for a little more than a cursory glance or ticking off a sheet, were happy enough with 120mi days and enjoyed the towns, people, exceptional lunch-stops/ locations/ vistas and scenery and the whole palette of differences at least as much as I did.
They also saw the small stuff, details, similarities to our own life DownUnder etc...we just didn't have enough time at the dinner-table to bring it all out and talk/ laugh about the day's happenings.

Which made for great company without friction and laughs from morning till night. Perhaps not everyone's idea of a good time, but to me it's LIFE.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #102
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.. and you never did finish that ride report...
I was thinking about that the other day, some free time coming soon, maybe a revisit is in order.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:05 PM   #103
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I was thinking about that the other day, some free time coming soon, maybe a revisit is in order.
Would be great.
Just had a good look at your yarn..which started as a quick look about an hour ago .
You seemed to have enjoyed the Assietta and Finestre, too...got them coming up in the next day, just upping the pics for that at the moment.


btw...the 28 hairpins in 5km are the Colle delle Finestre into Susa
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #104
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Great report about a great area for touring! I've been there several times & agree about the inability to adequately describe (or photograph) the Chamonix/Mt. Blanc/ Aiguille du Midi/ St Bernard (great & small) region. Thanks for sharing it so well.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:31 AM   #105
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That's the way I like it ...

hi Pete and the rest of the gang.
I just finished page 3 of the thread and I must tell you, you find the good roads, mate! I also like the small roads, where you mostly find only the locals, leave the big roads for the trucks and the amatuer racers.
Where you drive you find the interesting side of the country.
By the way, very nice pics.
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