5 days in the Maritime Alps...I have a plan but would love some feedback/ideas!

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  1. ptr

    ptr Elefant-Tamer

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    pls excuse as i´m insisting ... nothings clear with the tende ... but you may report the actual situation after crossing, i would appreciate. thx
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  2. Bussy

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    No problem, insist all you like ptr. If you read the thread you will notice that the conclusion was to save Col de Turini and Col de Tende for another year but I am sure someone will soon be able to confirm for you one way or the other.
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  3. RTLover

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    It looks good to me but I'll defer to MichaelJ since he's been there much more than I. The first time I road through there I was just in-transit from Valence toward the Italian Lakes and made a note to go back. The second time I spent a day covering as much of Vercours as I could. I think that region was the one where I used a lot of giga in my GoPro.:D
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  4. MichaelJ

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    It would appear that you could do a quick up and back on the Alpe d'Huez, since you're passing right by it.

    There's a "back road" from Le Freney-d'Oisans that leads to the Alpe (it goes along the hillside rather than in the valley) that is on my list to explore the next time that I'm in the area.
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  5. Bussy

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    Any experts on the Vercors area with an opinion on my route through there?
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  6. MichaelJ

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    "Expert" is pretty strong language :eek1

    Consider this (my GPS track from 2011):

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    Instead of going straight down the valley after the (closed) entrance to the Grands Goulets, head towards Saint-Jean-en-Royans, picking up the other half of the Gorges de la Bourne, and then head south up the Combe Laval and the Col de la Machine, then heading back east towards Vassieux-en-Vercours and the main road south to the Col de Rousset (see red line above - you want the main route - not the spurs to the east and west).
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  7. Bussy

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    Looks like a good suggestion, thanks MichaelJ.

    I've just had a spanner in the works regarding my 5 day pass from the wife. Looks like my timing of 1st week Aug is out :cry

    Have renegotiated, but might have only 4 days and most likely now will be early July. That should mean less busy/traffic, right? Gutted if I lose a day :waysad
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  8. RTLover

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    Thanks to your post, I've decided to make a run back to Vercors this week. And, as a bonus, on the way I'll stop by the village where Keira Knightley got married recently. There might be some champers left over. :D
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  9. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    I love the Gorges du Verdon, one of my favorite places on Earth and a great road(s). But not in July/August. You will get stuck behind tour buses and RV's and hate it. Keep it for a September/October trip to the Cote d'Azur.
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  10. MichaelJ

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    Bummer. Early July will be MUCH less crowded, though.

    On the bright side, you may see me roaming around (look for this).

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    Try and avoid the weekend of 13-14 Jul in France - it's Bastille Day and the country shuts down and finding a room is almost impossible. DAMHIK

    In the Vercours, check out the Hotel Marronnier in Rencurel - it's motorcycle friendly. We (The alpineroads.com crew) had our 2011 meet there.

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    Oh yeah - and work on the wife for at least 6 days :wink:

    And remember - it's almost always easier to get forgiveness than permission :evil
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  11. Bussy

    Bussy Bussy

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    Any pics from your trip through Vercors, RtLover?
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  12. RTLover

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    Just back at home base. I'll sort a few pics and maybe a vid. Perfect riding weather. :happay
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  13. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Here are some pictures from the Vercors area (and not Vercours !) I took from previous trips.

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    Col de Rousset

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    Pont-en-Royan

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    Combe Laval Road.
    Can you see the Elephant head ?
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    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Col de Sarenne

    And barely a kilometer off the D29 is a well-known experimental power/ green power place that's well worth visiting for the genius who developed it alone...or gawk at all the other bits around, near and far. Awesome spot!

    http://www.refuge7.com/#a
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  16. RTLover

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    Olirider beat me to the punch with his pics so I won't repeat, just add a few.

    On the way to the Col de Rousset from the north.

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    Lots of these.

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    A stark reminder of 1944. This and a memorial building are just outside of Vassieux-en-Vercors.

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    The man for whom the Route de Napoleon was named.

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    The run up to the Col de la Machine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgBJB5xBO50

    The ride along a section of the Gorges de la Bourne.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70r3gf-7X4
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  17. Bussy

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    Thanks to Olirider and RTLover for the pics. I cannot wait to get there. I am definitely modifying my original trip to include the route through Vercors ( check spelling :deal ) suggested by MichaelJ.

    My timing has now moved from August to July which should be a plus, but I have to reduce to 4 days. And now I have to contend with the Tour de France which I think I can avoid by 24 hours.

    I'll post my new planned 4 day route shortly. As always my nice and relaxed 300km days are getting longer as I cannot bring myself to cut too much out!
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  18. Blackbert

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    If you're solo, which is what I understand, 300 to 350km days aren't a problem. Be one of the first at breakfast, put your toothbrush away and start riding. Get fuel when you can, Stop in the first town with shops to buy your picnic for the day. Stop for pics and to smell the flowers, but don't linger and you will be at your destination in time for a shower and dinner. It's intense, it's about riding, and it's fun.
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  19. MichaelJ

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    +1 - and lots cheaper, too :D

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  20. Bussy

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    Hey Blackbert, couldn't have put it better myself. That's pretty much exactly what I try to do. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I don't get to ride as much as I would like so when I do, I try to make the most of it :clap
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