37 results found for May, 2011

Rain, Alps, and Bicycles

Rain, Alps, and Bicycles

As we fell asleep to the sound of pouring alpine rain last night, I felt my usual annoyance at the weather.  We knew today was slated to have the same nasty weather and we didn’t feel much like being stuck at our campground for another day.  Rain riding was looking likely and I wasn’t excited. […]

Ye Olde Village

Ye Olde Village

I was excited today to finally get back into the Alps.  While even the site of them makes Bree a little nervous, the route we have chosen through Switzerland should have few to no hills.  First, though, we had to ride along the coast of Lake Geneva. The ride along the coast was fairly quiet, […]

Recovering in Geneva

Recovering in Geneva

There was quite the production in our campground last night, complete with a couple of really drunk guys getting in a shouting match sometime around midnight and we think, ultimately getting kicked out of the campground all together.  Either way, since our walls are nylon, we got a late start on bedtime. Once awake, I […]

Missing Borders

Missing Borders

Having been somewhat disappointed with our lack of pictures from the old part of Annecy yesterday evening, the first order of business as we rolled out of our campsite this morning was to roll through the old town in hopes that we might get some pictures that I could live with.  When we arrived to […]

Blustery Day

Blustery Day

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As I listened to the rain last night, I couldn’t help but feel the usual anxiety I do with rain as we travel. I don’t want to be wet, I don’t want to be cold.  I don’t want the wind to blow.  Of course, for the first time in basically our entire trip, we were […]

Alpe Number 2

Alpe Number 2

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Wanting to spend a little more time with the Oudet family and explore the region a little more, we planned for a “real” French lunch on the shore of Lac D’Aiguebelette, per Edouard’s suggestion.  We have thus far not experienced much in the way of true French cuisine, as we keep our budget low and […]

(Re)meeting the family

(Re)meeting the family

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We knocked on Edouarad’s door after wrangling our bikes into a contorted position that would prevent them from rolling down the sloped gravel driveway.  After a short time, Edouard answered the door with a smile on his face as usual.  Aude came to the door shortly after, with their two children alongside.  The graciously helped […]

Elephants?

Elephants?

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Having had little in the way of camping options the last night, we woke up on the side of a mountain which for once required not much more than a descent to arrive back in the river valley that we so enjoyed yesterday.  We rolled out of our campsite to the sound of the sheep’s […]

Flat Ground…Almost

Flat Ground…Almost

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After a good breakfast this morning  and a slow packing up process after being stationary for a few days, we rolled out of our camp at the base of the Alpe d’Huez.  Although the mountains had caused me a fair bit of angst, I was actually sad to be leaving their towering majestic atmosphere and […]

Climbing the Alpe d’Huez

Climbing the Alpe d’Huez

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Bree: Waking up this morning, it was once again ‘race day.’ Time to do yet another ride that seemed pretty far beyond my abilities, but I suppose that has become the new normal since we left our comfortable suburban life to ride our bikes full time.  We were in no hurry to get on the […]

Stiff Legs

Stiff Legs

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I woke up with the sun- pretty much as always these days, but today we gratefully had nowhere to go.  I rolled over and went back to sleep  for two solid hours.  By the time I finally crawled out of the tent, I realized that I felt more or less like I had been run […]

Slaying the Bo(u)rg

Slaying the Bo(u)rg

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As an addendum to Ben’s post yesterday, I just wanted to mention that the alps have been on Ben’s Europe list from the get-go, and as we planned this trip, we put lots of stars on the map regarding places we thought we’d like to make it to.  Of course, the Alp d’Huez was one […]