France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland - Autumn '19

Work in progress...

07:57

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

12:26

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

14:18

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

16:57

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

12:30

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

14:15

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

18:51

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

19:14

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

16:34

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

11:52

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

18:32

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

10:04

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

15:29

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

14:11

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

11:09

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

12:04

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

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

09:49

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

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!

11:58

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

19:18

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

10:31

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

12:33

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

16:22

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

18:33

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

12:30

Willkommen in Deutschland. Prost!

20:17

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

08:28

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

10:37

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