Route des Grandes Alpes and others nice roads around

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  1. pebble35

    pebble35 Long timer

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    The french are generally very tolerant of non-french speakers. But it does help if you can have a go at communicating with them in their language - so it might be worth having a phrase book or learning a few essential basic phrases (hello, goodbye, thank you, two large beers please etc). Be prepared to smile, wave your arms around and point a lot but most importantly, don't let language issues put you off visiting !
  2. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Thank you Francs. The bad thing have always a good side. Here, it will be to imagine what you have not seen and permit you to came back to see it.

    Peeble35 is right, you need to learn essential basic sentences as "Deux bières, s'il vous plait !" (Two beers, please !)

    DAY 10

    It was supposed to be the day of return. "BUT it is only day 10 !"

    I can't do a tour of GENEVA Lake, I have done it last year

    Is there nice roads on the way to the West coast (of FRANCE !)? Of course yes ! So I decided to get to the south west, to ANNECY and GRENOBLE, to finish in VERCORS area. I have already been there, as the bike, as the camera. I have even made a ride report on ADVRider.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/france-2013.937371/

    But the GOPRO have never been there !! And I have not done the road to get there, between GENEVA lake and VERCORS.

    So I woke up at 07.30 put all the equipment on the bike, took a shower and direction THONON Les Bains for a Breakfast in the same "café/bar" I took my breakfast the year before, while beginning "Route des Grandes Alpes"

    Then, I took the road to the west to find ANNEMASSE and Motorway A 40 to the south and A 410 to the South West. In the West of ANNECY, I quit the motorway to get to RUMILLY. But, as I did not took the right exit, the 15 instead of the 16 more in the north (*), I arrives in the south of RUMILLY, just on the road to the south, at a moment where a group of bikes were passing through. So I decided to follow them, instead of coming back to the road I had planned..

    (* The number of an exit in french motorway has nothing to see with kilometers/miles. There is not 1 kilometer between the exit 15 and the exit 16 ! It is just the fifteenth exit)

    "Plans are sometimes good when you don't follow them !" Not here.

    The plan was to get a small road to the west to RUFFIEUX, to get on the west side of Lac du BOURGET, which is nicer than the East side.

    Before I realise my mystake, I was in AIX Les BAINS, so I decided to continue to the south.

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    I stopped in a parking lot, to eat. You can see the lake, the West side I should have taken and not the East and flat side. Last year, I took a picture of this lake from the north, while on the col du Grand COLOMBIER.

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    The positive point is that when I park my bike here, there was, among the others bikes, a YAMAHA Super TENERE 750 XTZ (1989 to 1997) with a rider from FINLAND, thousands kilometers to the north. We spoke a little, in our bad english, about the expensive swiss hotels, about the several thousands lakes of FINLAND, about the nice weather, the best way to continue to the north, for him, via BESANCON. He was surprised to not find FINLAND on my Atlas, before I told him it was an Atlas of FRANCE !( I have one atlas of EUROPE, at home, but did not take it while visiting FRANCE ! Maybe I should, if I don't follow my plans !) I think he told me he was from VAASA, had very few luggages. (AIX Les BAINS to VAASA : 2844 km and 34h00)

    After eating my sandwich, sitting in the grass, I continue to the south, took the motorway A 41, to GRENOBLE, where I keep on to the south, by the D 1075, following the motorway A 51, to a roundabout before MONESTIER de Clermond. There, I discover the motorway was over, and all the cars had to take the same road as me. Between that crossroad and the road where I turned west, almost thirty kilometers later, I spend much time in overtaking cars and never overtook the one which really slow down everybody !!

    Some three kilometers after Col de la CROIX Haute, I let cars in their trafic jam and turned to the west to Col de GRIMONE (1318 m), then get down to GLANDAGE and Gorges du GATS.

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    After CHATILLON en DIOIS, I took the D 93 to the north, and the D 518 after DIE to climb the nice Col de ROUSSET (1254 m) (Pic from 2013)

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    After the tunnel, I took the D 76 to VASSIEUX en VERCORS and to St JEAN en ROYANS, via Col de la MACHINE and la COMBE LAVAL.

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    What I like here is no signal tells you that you are going to see a stunning view, you discover it and the parking lot is here to permit to take your breath.

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    I get the direction of the Camping Municipal, to pitch the tent, and get back in town for shopping.

    402 kilometers

    KH
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  3. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Kryz! Love your report! J'aime beaucoup la belle France!! @ADK--What the OP and the other poster said: a few basic phrases and remember to say hello, goodbye, and please and thank you (France is polite the way the US used to be!)!
  4. Jim K.

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    3 words to add to your French vocab:

    Liberte', Egalité & Fraternite'
  5. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    La COMBE LAVAL
    What I like here is no signal tells you that you are going to see a stunning view, you discover it and the parking lot is here to permit to take your breath while watching the landscape. (As I have said several days ago !)



    KH
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  6. zandesiro

    zandesiro In rust we trust....

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    I enjoy your report from post 1 until now....Thank you for posting this ride!!
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  7. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 11
    After a nice breakfast in a Cafe/bar in the center, I took to the East on D 531 and turn to the north to PRESLES on D 292.

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    BOURNE River valley

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    ISERE river valley in the distance.

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    Tunnel toward PRESLES

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    Valley of BOURNE River

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    Tunnel on the D 292 to PRESLES

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    After PRESLES, I continue to the north on D 31 to enter "Les Gorges du NAN"

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    Down in ISERE valley, in COGNIN les Gorges, I get to the east via D 1532, to ROVON where I came back in the mountain in Routes des ECOUGES, a narrow road with several parking lot full of canyonning fans, which brings me to a tunnel.

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    No light inside, no horse ! ( Not for John WAYNE and the cavalry !)

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    Valley of ISERE and D 35 I rode few minutes ago.

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    D 35 under re – construction after the tunnel.

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    Then I came back to Gorge de la BOURNE, via RENCUREL. ( In this village is a bike friendly hotel named "Les marronniers")
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    And turned on the D 103 to get to "Gorges des Grands goulets" tunnel.
    A hundred meters on the left of this tunnel, there is la route des " Gorges des Grands Goulets", so narrow that there is just a place for the road between the two cliffs,...
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    ...and a nice and (always) closed door before it. (Pic from a trip made in 2011.)
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    So I took the tunnel and get to the western exit of "Gorges des Grands Goulets", also with a always closed gate.

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    I turned back on the east side of the tunnel, and continue to the south via La CHAPELLE en VERCORS, D 76 and D 199 to climbed towards Col de la BATAILLE (1313 m).

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    ...to get to les Gorges d'OMBLEZE
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    When I came back at the campground, rains was beginning.
    236 kilometers

    KH

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, and hope the best for you (And for me too !)
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  8. Blader54

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    Happy New Year to you, KryzHatch!! Great riding in 2018! And thank you again for sharing this journey with us! Bonne Année!!
  9. GB

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    Le Paradis des motards! Joyeuse année et merci d'avoir partager cette promenade exquise. :bow
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  10. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    Vidéo with Route de PRESLES tunnel, Gorges du NAN and tunnel des ECOUGES ( no light and no horse allowed )



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  11. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 12

    After my breakfast, I took the road to GRENOBLE, via D 531 through the nice "Gorges de la BOURNE"

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    After VILLARS de LANS, I took to the north to LANS en VERCORS where I had to change my plan to take a smaller road, the D 106, instead of the main road, D 531, which was closed.
    GRENOBLE

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    And after getting lost in GRENOBLE with heat, I found the right road to the north, to VOREPPE, to enter le "Massif de la CHARTREUSE", via Col de la PLACETTE (587 m). I took " Gorges du GUIERS mort", then Col du CUCHERON (1139 m)

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    and "Gorges du GUIERS vif"

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    Then back to GRENOBLE and it's heat (I haven't get lost since almost three or four hours !), via col de la PORTE (1326 m)

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    There, I put my smart phone on the handlebar, to have the right direction to get back to the campground. He told me to get south, on the motorway. His plan was to take me to the road I took that morning. And suddendly, in a trafic jam due to an accident, he ask me to take the first exit, bring me back to the north to a roundabout. I turned left, as asked by the smartphone, and discover the road was closed. I should have known that because there was only two roads possible for me, one was closed in the morning.
    So the Smartphone is not that smart !

    So back in the trafic jam and I took the nice and curvy D 106 climbing in the mountains to St NIZIER le MOUCHEROTTE, and LANS en VERCORS.

    Back at the campground, I noticed that if I could not tell which day was the best, (I have choice !) I could easily find the worth one. And it was about to end.

    353 Kilometers

    KH
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  12. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    R.D 531 to the East, "Gorges de la BOURNE"



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  13. KryzHatch

    KryzHatch Been here awhile

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    DAY 13

    Woke up at 07.00, packed of all my equipement on the bike because today is the last day of this trip.

    It is always a strange feeling with last days. It is not the best day, as it is the last one... But it is one day I will spend on the bike doing kilometers, so not that bad. I guess the worth day of a trip, is one after the return, when unpacking everything !

    So I left the campground to the city center for a breakfast, then to the gas station for the Bandit breakfast (!) Weather is already hot. Then I get the direction of the motorway, A 49 from GRENOBLE on the East, to VALENCE on the west where I took the A 7 to the south, exited in the north of MONTELIMAR to take the N 7 (Nationale 7)

    If there is a "Route 66" in FRANCE, it is for sure the Nationale 7, coming from PARIS in the north, and going on the French riviera. People even made a Trafic jam event every year with cars from the 50's to 70's in a village. ( I forgot the name !)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Route_nationale_7

    On the west of MONTELIMAR

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    Mirage 3 on a rounabout in MONTELIMAR

    Then I turned to the West, on N 102 to AUBENAS and climbing the valley of ARDECHE river toward the plateau, (one of my favorite roads from AUBENAS to BRIOUDE).

    Stop near LOUDES to eat.

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    then N 88 to BRIOUDE and A 75 to the north for several kilometers before continuing to the west, on the south of Massif Central mountains .
    ISSOIRE, Saint NECTAIRE, where I stop for a drink, because of the heat.

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    Le Mont DORE and Lac CHAMBON

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    and motorway A 89 to BORDEAUX

    I exited in MONTPON MENESTEROL (as always) and took the direction of North East to arrive on Atlantic coast, under a nice sun, with few cars on the road.

    781 kilometers, 4552 since the beginning.

    Thank you for reading and watching.

    KH
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  14. Yannick

    Yannick Asterix the Gaul

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    Le bouchon de Lapalisse ? (The traffic jam of Lapalisse ?) You can find many videos about it here.

    Thank you for this nice RR and your wonderfull photos Kryz.
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    Merci beaucoup, Kryz!!
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    Excellent RR KH, thanks for taking us with you through some beautiful parts of France.

    RN7 and Valence. When there, I must visit Maison Pic - at least the Bistro7 when there.
    Called the Sept, because it is on the route of the old RN, right through the centre of town.
    Worth a detour, as they say in the red book.