Some years ago I was in Jausiers, at the very heart of the French Alps with my beloved Harls.
Passing an idle few moments whilst waiting to pay my hotel bill I noticed an interesting leaflet about something called “La Route des Grande Alpes.” Being an inherently inquisitive chap I picked it up and in a fleeting moment my life changed.
You see, here was not only a route map, but a reason to return to these enigmatic mountains again and again!
It was also the start of a mini obsession.
To explain; La Route des Grandes Alpes is a tourist itinerary through the French Alps between Lake Geneva and the French Mediterranean Riviera passing over all the high passes of the Alps within France.
For years, since picking up that blasted leaflet, I’ve pondered over maps planning to one day ride this iconic road and today, dear Blogonaughts, Harls and I have started to do just that!
Of course Harls was always going to be with me, she’s part of me.
I’ve decided to enjoy the whole experience without feeling the pressure to recount every detail each evening on this blog. That will follow when I get home.
For now, each day I’m just going to give you a status report.
Today we stood at the Zero Kilometre marker outside the Town Hall in Thonon les Bains, started Harls engine and headed South on La RDGA.
Six Cols later we have paused for the night in a typical alpine hotel near Val d’Isere and are thoroughly pleased with ourselves.
Tired too, the technical term is “knackered” actually, but happy, very happy.
Our odyssey has truly begun.
Catch you soon.
Great ride. I’m on my way there!
It’s just getting better as I go along too!
Well I’m sitting on the ferry to Spain at this moment
Meet me in Monaco on Wednesday and I’ll buy you a beer!
…or Jausiers Thursday and Friday…
Unfortunately my destination is the Picos de Europa. So a way from you. Won’t be in southern France for a week or 2
Enjoy the Picos. Compact, but very nice!
Thanks but hopefully our paths cross one day
….and ride safe!