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Andy & Carolyn, DIY Alps

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Dear Bill
    Thought I would drop you a short note, to let you know how we got on.
    Everything was brilliant.
    Landed in Calais, Lovely ride down to our overnight stay.   Perfect roads was able to push on at about 100 to 110 all the way down (kph of course...!!!! My kind of speed, Bill)).  Tank bag notes were spot on.  Never took a wrong turning throughout the holiday.  The overnight accommodation going was out of this world.  Next morning we were up and off, with another perfect run all the way to St Rampart En Bugey (St Rambert-en-Bugey) were we stopped for lunch.  Fully refreshed we headed of on our last leg to  Bourg St Maurice.  Arriving there just before 4 in the afternoon.  Our cabin was delightful, and we were overwhelmed, with the whole place.
   Sunday we headed of around Les Arcs, the scenery was breathtaking.  Then further down the valley to La Plagne.  The weather was up in the high eighties and low nineties all week. 
    Monday, we went up through La Rosiere over the petite St Bernard pass into Italy, and then up and over the Grand St Bernard pass where we stopped for lunch before heading into Switzerland.  We made our way to Martigny, where we got caught in a thunderstorm, which fortunately only lasted about 20 minutes.  By the time we got around to the far side of the Mont Blanc Tunnel, it was nearly 5 o'clock, because of all the stopping and site seeing we were doing.  And as Andy and Lee wanted to go through the tunnel we decided to cut through and head back to Bourg St Maurice that way. At the top of the Petit St Bernard pass, on our way back, Lee decided to lead the way back.  He left us on the hair pins, but when we arrived back at Bourg St Maurice, he was sat at the roundabout, with his breaks burnt out.
    Tuesday was spent fixing a new set of break pads, which we manage to purchase from a local bike shop in Aimy.  So that day was then spent looking around Bourg ST Maurice, and what a lovely place it is.
    Wednesday we headed off towards Val d' isere, on route we called in at Tignes.  This was very bizarre when we arrived at the top of the mountain, low and behold it was like a mini city up there.  We stopped and had our lunch next to the lake, and had to strip off all our leathers, as it was so hot.  After lunch we rode the famous Tignes chair lift to the top, where we had a great view of the Grand Motte.  By the time we got down, it was time to head back to the cabin, just enough time to stop off at the go carting track down in the valley, below the dam.
    Thursday we headed up towards Beaufort, stopping off in Cormet de Roseland, where we had a brilliant view of Mont Blanc.  It was so warm we had to stop at a village en route, and sit in the shade and eat ice.  Yet again on our way home Lee ended up boiling his break fluid and losing his back break, so once again back to Bourg St Maurice, and to the motorist shop behind the super up supermarket for break fluid and a bleed tube.
    Friday we fixed his breaks and got both bikes ready for the trip home.  Then we went up the Fenicular in  Bourg St Maurice, and then up again  on a open chair lift, every one had white knuckles.  Back into Bourg St Maurice for lunch, and a bit of retail therapy.
    Saturday morning up and off, and we were in St Rampert en Bugey by just after 10 o'clock, and then another blast up the motorway to our overnight stay at sezanne
The hotel at Sezanne was absolutley brilliant.  Our room was Like a family flat and had two bedrooms and its own lounge area, with 2 three piece suites in it.  It was huge.  We had a lovely meal in the town at a local restaurant, and a look around the village and its shops.
    Sunday morning after our continental breakfast, it was off again, on what Andy said was the best road of the whole holiday, that lovely country , dead straight road, heading out from Sezanne up to the motorway.  We made such good time we were able to get the earlier ferry arriving back in Dover about half past two, and the final blast up the A1 arriving home early evening.
    What a brilliant holiday, we want to book something for April, along the same lines to northern Spain, can you help?
                    Thanks a lot  Andy, Carolyn and Lee..
Went Live : Fri 26th September 2008
Author : Andy & Carolyn
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