Route des Grandes Alpes and others nice roads around

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  1. GB

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    You came up from Italy through Col d'Agnel?

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    1823??
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    Early in the morning, no one there!

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    J'aimerai faire cette randonée avec quelqu'un comme vous! Thanks for taking us along on yours, fantastic riding and pics!

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  2. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    I came to the pass via ITALY, by Colle di SAMPEYRE, down to SAMPEYRE where I took left hand on Strada Provinciale 105, then SP 251. While watching the road I took on GOOGLE Earth, It sound less complicated in reality, easier to find the right road on crossroads (Maybe some signals which don't appears on Google Earth !)

    1823 : Col d'AGNEL is paved since the 70, 1970...That explain the modern monument, with FRANCE/ITALIE and the altitude.
    Upon, there is a border marker, from 1823, making the limit between FRANCE and Maison de SAVOIE, which represent the cross. On the other side, there is a "Fleur de Lys", lily flower, representing the Kingdom of FRANCE.
    Maison de SAVOIE

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Savoy

    FRANCE

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    The only difference between your last picture and mine is the sun...I took it later in the day, 05..00 P.M, with more people (But not that much !)

    KH

    Today is a sad day for lot of French people, because we lost our Rock star, Johnny HALLIDAY. He was also motorbike addict.
    While crossing the States in 1992, from tha DAYTONA Bike week to Los ANGELES
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    In the 60

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  3. GB

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    Johnny et Sylvie! R.I.P. Johnny. :(:

    Thanks for the clarification. Enjoying your ride and the great memories of Haute Savoie!
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  4. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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  5. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 8 August, the 24

    Woke up at 07.00. The neighbours, coming from the Netherland, were already packed their tent and are ready to leave. A shower and a packing later, I was on the road to the center of GUILLESTRE to take my breakfast.

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    Back on the road to the bottom of the valley where I turned to the North, on N 64, to BRIANCON, and later to the Col de MONTGENEVRE (1854 m)

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    I enter ITALY, and get down to CESANA TORINESE where I took the R 23 to SESTRIERE. It was A plan.

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    The plan is to take Colle BASSET (2425 m), Colle BOURGET (2299 m), Colle LAUSON (2497 m) to get to Colle dell' ASSIETTA (2472 m), and Colle delle FINESTRE (2178 m), to get down in SUSA. I find the signal to Colle BASSETT,

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    but the road brings me back to SESTRIERE Center. On the second try, I discover the reason of my mistake. In a large turn on the left, there was an unpaved way on the right, one I had to take to get to the first pass. I knew roads may not be paved everywhere, but I thought it was paved on the beginning. Too much kilometers to do at low speed !

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    But my enthusiasm when planning... The B plan was to continue to SUSA, several kilometers before. And that is what I did...

    So back in the valley towards CESANA TORINESE, to continue on S 24 to SUSA, via EXILLES.

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    "My bike with Flowers" thread's fan ?
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    SUSA

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    KH
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  6. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    Enjoying every post of this awesome ride! Thank you! I lost track, how many days did this ride take you?
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  8. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 8, part 2


    In the town of SUSA, I took to the left, on SS 25 To Col du Mont CENIS (2084 m)

    SUSA Valley from the climbing. The bridge in the distance is E70, motorway to FRANCE.


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    SS 25 Road is now D 1006 as we have enter FRANCE.

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    Lac du Mont CENIS

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    The weather has changed, few drops, so I stop in case they were just the beginning, to put my jacket. And get down in Vallée de la MAURIENNE, under heavy rain, turn left in LANSLEBOURG Mt CENIS. The rain quickly stop in MODANE, and I turn in a little village to do the Col de CHAUSSY . The first kilometers are stunning, 18 turns in few kilometers.

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    Vidéo made in 2016 could be seen in post #037

    Col de CHAUSSY (1532 m)

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    LA CHAMBRE ( With Col du GLANDON in the distance)

    I join the D 213 going from the valley de la MAURIENNE to Col de la MADELEINE, but took the other direction, down to La CHAMBRE, where I get to the campground.
    The girl at the office, I remember her, but she don't remember me (Is not that a shame !) gave me a place near a huge caravan, that seem to be there since a long time. Later, the neighbour arrives in his small car (Too small for the caravan !), and told me that he works early in the morning and leave at 05.30 A.M. I would have told him the parking lot was not that far and he could have park his car there, but he did not look that smart and inclined to listen. And he was so fat that I thought to get to the parking lot would not possible for him. He spend all the evening at the bar... just near the parking lot !

    274 Kilometers

    KH
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  9. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Col du Mont CENIS


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  10. GB

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    Wow! Col de Chaussy looks a lot like Lacets de Montvernier. Am I confused or are they one and the same?
  11. hansen

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  12. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Lacets de MONTVERNIER are the nice beginning of the climbing to Col de CHAUSSY, as you can see on HANSEN map.
    Picture I found on the net

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    KH
  13. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 9 August, the 25

    The neighbour was right. At 05.30 A.M, he start his diesel car engine, after ten minutes listening to the news on his T.V !! But he quickly left the place.

    At 09.00, I also left the place to La CHAMBRE center for a big café. Sitting "en terrasse" ( outside), I could easily see cyclists beginning the climbing of Col de la MADELEINE.

    While coming back to the bike, I saw a gendarme on his motorcycle taking the road to the pass, a motorcyclist with a "SECURITE" signal ten seconds later, then a car with "TETE DE COURSE" signal, (LEADER) and two cyclists. I quickly start the engine, and leave the place, before the rest of the cyclists, quickly overtook the two cyclists, the car and the motorcyclist, and slowly overtook the gendarme.

    Col de la MADELEINE (1993 m)

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    Down to La LECHERE

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    Where I took the road to MOUTIERS, and BOURG St MAURICE. I took the D 902 to Col de l'ISERAN and Col du Petit St BERNARD, and turned to climb to the last one.

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    One picture of the Custom officer at the Col du Petit Saint BERNARD (2188 m)

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    One vision of the Alps before the border. This was the beginning of new landscape to me as the road from La CHAMBRE to the pass had already been made the year before.

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    The border to ITALY

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    ..and to the valley

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    ...To MORGEX where I turned to the right to get to AOSTA, via S 26 Road.

    There, I found the right direction to get to SWITZERLAND, on SS 27 via Col du Grand St BERNARD, MAGNIFICENT with the large landscape with kilometers of roads, just waiting for me. (And many others !)

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    I stop just near the lake.

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    And later near the hospice at Col du Grand St BERNARD (2469 m)

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    KH
  14. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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  15. GB

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    Beautiful! Enjoyed your video very much, here's my contribution to Col du Grand St. Bernard

    Going up from Swiss side

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    Looking from hospice towards Swiss side i-mPwtMF7-X3.jpg
    From hospice, looking towards Italy
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    merci pour les souvenirs!
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  16. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Then down in Vallée d'ENTREMONT to MARTIGNY by the road 21, which gently slopes after the jonction with the tunnel du Grand St BERNARD. (But not before !)

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    As I keep going to the north, I arrive in a crossroad, turned left to get to GENEVA Lake.

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    After entering FRANCE in St GINGOLPH, I follows the coast to EVIAN, and enter THONON Les BAINS, took the direction of "Hotel de ville" to make the same pic that the one I did last year. (km 0 of Route des Grandes Alpes)

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    Then I continue to the west, to YVOIRE, to pitch the tent. (Like last year !)

    351 Kilometers ...for the day

    This is the end of Route des Grandes Alpes, so tomorrow is supposed to be the day of return, BUT...

    KH
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  17. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Going down to the GENEVA Lake.



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    :thumb Currently my favorite ride report. If I ever get over there, how difficult will it be for me only speaking english? :ear
  19. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    ADK,
    I have seen in those last days that over eighty millions people have come to visit FRANCE in 2017. I guess most of them were not french language friends. So NO, not speaking french won't make problems.

    KH
  20. francs

    francs Been here awhile

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    A little. Most of them speak some foreign languages. But you can find a waitress (for example) that speak french only.
    KryzHatch you were my "inspiration" . I did Route des grand alpes this year (I missed Col de Turini do to bad weather and some "navigation problems" ) . "I'll be back" .