Today our plan was to ride from La Chambre to Allemont, via Col du Glandon (1924m) 50km
It was a crisp clear cold morning and the sun did not shine in to our side of the valley until 9am so we were slow getting underway. The climbing started 2 km from the village and continued to get steeper for the entire 20km. Nearing the top we got a great view of Mont Blanc to the north as the clouds opened.
The view south once over the top revealed more wild looking mountains and a large reservoir. We chatted to some of the friendly English speaking cyclists at the top, they were all riding nice road bikes and thought we were crazy with our luggage.
The last few km averaging over 10% really made it tough with all our gear.
Continuing on we cruised down past the reservoir stopping to watch two large Rams repeatedly backing and charging each other, not stopping until they both had bloodied heads. There were several more climbs, one quite steep and then it was a glorious run down to the home of another Warmshowers host we had arranged to stay with. We met Claude on the road below his village house as he was riding his bike down to his veggie garden to collect vegetables for our dinner. Claude and Claire are both lovely warm people with 4 children. The two young boys were very cute and we briefly met the delightful 16 year old Julia on her way to school in Grenoble. Both Claude and Claire work as teachers and love the mountains, getting into lots of climbing and cross country skiing. They gave us a cycling route for the following day that involved climbing up to Alpe d’Heuz on a back road from their village, joining the traditional route part way up and continuing on to the Col de la Sarenne and down around to Le Bourg – d ‘Oisans and home. They suggested that if we did this we stay another night which we readily agreed to. More on this tomorrow!
In the meantime Claude and Claire have cooked us a fabulous meal and our comfortable loft room has amazing mountain views (and a sociable cat to share the bed with).