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.

18:14

Apperos: bread, cheese, beer, rillettes & brie. Sat in sunshine looking out to a cloudy horizon. Simple things... smile

12:44

Col d'Aubisque... like I said not long ago: always better on a bike. Perfect day for it too.

21:09

Sunset from our neighbour's... erm... lawn wink Yes, you notice he finally got round to cutting it wink

11:21

Car-free cols day. Perfection! Bonus: Peyragudes airfield open to us! 1800m climbed (& descended) in just 64km - LOL!

12:39

Short ride up little hill with a million of my closest friends wink Tourmalet on TdF day. Absolute insanity! Love it!

16:41

First spotted on Hautacam in 2014... authorities bust our inflatable kangaroo for overstaying his visa! #harsh sad wink

12:43

Vini & Pizze in L'Isle-Jourdain: possibly the best pizza in France! Yum! tongue PS. Please excuse the hungry teenager wink

10:53

Summer in France just isn't complete without a little messing about in a field of sunflowers! grin wink

14:07

Arvo ice-cream stop as one desert just wasn't enough for some! Lucky someone else got up early to ride their bike! wink

12:28

Anniversary lunch at one of our favourite spots... with special family guest visiting from Aus. Amazing as always smile

09:17

Spectacular morning to be riding the Pyrenean foothills... 'nuff said.