10:37

Morning tootle on the bike. Austrian valleys, lakes, churches & castles under brilliant blue skies. Beautiful stuff.

17:59

See what happens when you say, "pretty please" wink Perfect conditions for an arvo ride. And post ride refreshments! grin

08:16

Beautiful sunrise this morning. Clouds are pretty and all, but they can go away now... pretty please! smile

15:39

Last day of 'summer' (in October!)? Tourmalet loop this morning. Beer by (friend's) pool this arvo! Perfect thx guys!

13:43

Am guessing some of you will be keen to drop by & chat about our recent trip? Especially the German leg? wink Prost! grin

08:28

German breakfast at our birthday girl friend's. Thank you guys - generous as always. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

20:17

Pre-birthday - which became actual birthday grin - celebrations with friends. Happy birthday Claudia! Always fun! smile

12:30

Willkommen in Deutschland. Prost!

18:33

Dinner in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Pork with awesome crackling, apple something dessert & more beer of course. Prost!

16:22

Microbrewery next to this evening's camp. Sadly closed for the season, doh! Oh well - next time sad

12:33

Today's ride: lovely sunny loop from Chiemsee round by Reit im Winkl & return. Felt flat as a pancake! grin

10:31

Durrensee: Passed this nice little lake on the way down the valley. Love stumbling across this kind of thing smile

19:18

Candlelight dinner by the twinkling lights of Putterersee - which sadly are barely visible here but we enjoyed wink

11:58

Entered Austria & heading East towards Lienz. Beautiful views & pretty quite roads make for an enjoyable drive.

09:48

Waking up to blue skies by a little stream. Lovely as it is time to say goodbye to the Dolomites. It's been great!

09:49

Stunning scenery & brutal gradients. Passes Falzarego, Valparola, Falzarego - again wink - & Giau. Utter perfection.

13:13

Clouds cleared as we were looking for a lunch spot so: beer & pizza in sunshine! Yes, quite big. Yes, ate the lot! tongue

12:04

Cortina d'Ampezzo, what a beautiful place. Would love to ski from here one day, although it does feel very A-list!

11:09

Transfer day wink Views between La Villa & Cortina d'Ampezzo. Limited scope though due to overcast conditions sad

14:11

Rest day stroll around La Villa - just a few paths & tracks on the edge of the village. Beautiful.

15:29

Afternoon ride: Passo Valparola... as you can never ride too many epic passes in a day (before it starts to rain)! wink

10:04

This morning's ride: Sella Ronda (clockwise). 4 passes, 3 of them higher than the Tourmalet. Simply Spectacular!

18:32

Afternoon snack: hot chocolate, coffee & apple strudel. Not a bad view either from this coffee shop in La Villa.

11:52

Grey day in the Dolomites so little stroll in the village (La Villa) & stumbled across this pretty little church.

16:34

Passing a pretty grey Passo Gardena. Spectacular area, can't wait to see it in sunshine - hopefully!

19:14

OMG! Forgotten how much the Italians eat with this 1st/2nd dish thing. Absolutely stuffed! More cycling required! wink

18:51

Pre-dinner drinks by Lake Maggiore. I guess there are worse places to sip beer & watch the sunset... smile

14:15

Today's ride: smash fest up Passo del Cuvignone then cruise on shores of lake Maggiore through Laveno. Lovely stuff.

12:30

The joys of off-season travel: arrived to a beautiful, but pretty much deserted campsite by Lake Maggiore. Perfect!

16:57

Views from the road: N94 West of Montgenevre to be precise. Said goodbye to the sunshine & drove into rain & cloud sad

14:18

Random stop for lunch overlooking Lac de Serre-Poncon. It's not about the destination... smile

12:26

Quick break in Gorges de la Meouge. Think we've been through here before & never stopped but it's a nice spot.

07:57

Waking up between vines in Provence... feels pretty good to be back on the road!

13:33

Lunch at one of our fave spots. Farewell to our visitors, it's been... erm... entertaining! wink See you again soon? smile

19:58

Post ride rehydration/refueling in the village. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

12:54

When visitors ask to ride the Tourmalet. Erm, OK, if we must! wink Social time, so beers at the top. Cheers! grin

14:24

Big dinner planned later so just need a snack for lunch? OK, pop up the mountain & share some charcuterie. Nom! tongue

12:58

Local sightseeing with tourist friends... beautiful day for it.

19:46

Sunset after a brief storm this evening. Hope this means more sunshine tomorrow!

11:57

When visitors ask to ride Soulor/Aubisque. Erm, OK, if we must! wink Always spectacular. Even stopped for crepes. Nom!

16:36

When visitors ask to ride Hourquette/Aspin. Erm, OK, if we must! wink Clouds & rainbows but didn't get wet - perfect!

12:32

When friends with silly sunnies come to visit... wink Enjoying glass of wine & couple of pintxos at the local market.

11:15

Today's ride: followed a chunk of La Vuelta course. Mostly closed & empty roads in stunning countryside. Awesome! smile

13:53

Lunch at restaurant Euskalduna. 3 courses inc. steak main + wine & coffee for 14E - incredible bargain! Cheers! smile

12:30

Today's ride: thinking of something shorter but too nice a day so ended up here. Ooops wink Nice end to a big week smile

12:19

Summer lunch at L'Etape du Berger... one of our local ski station restaurants for those not familiar. Lovely day smile

09:34

Today's ride: big col stats (100km/1,800m+ vertical) sans big col. Cruising endless miles of empty roads like this.

12:27

Fete Pastoral: beautiful setting slightly tainted by bad organisation. Thanks to jolly friends made it through! wink grin

11:40

Today's ride: social(ish) spin up 40km climb to Col de Tentes. With a couple of refreshment stops grin Great day out smile

07:13

Awesome sight this morning: full moon setting just as the sun rises opposite side of the sky. Beautiful.