Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Stage 3 St Andre to Barcelonnette
Woke up to beautiful blue sky and sunshine. Great overnight at the municipal campsite- great facilities and only 15euros. Situated amongst pine trees, and large supermarket at entrance. At 900m, cold last night, so stayed in van, got up to date with blogs, did some washing, checked tomorrow overnight stay and watched a couple of episodes of “Outnumbered”- I just love Karen, she reminds me of Kate, at that age, with fluffy blonde hair, without the attitude!
Today was lovely weather and start of serious alpine passes. 45 mile ascent of the Col d’Allos (summit 2250m). On the way up passed through the lovely village of Colmars, which we must return to together. The last 6K of the climb were very hard and had to stop twice to take a breather, food and drink. The views at the top were superb and the 20K descent to Barcelonnette was exhilarating. Situation in the posterior deteriorating further!