Once again we had a climb to the lovely hillside hotel in Pinsot. What a crazy day.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Day 8- The confused road to Allevard/Pinsot
We decided to take a little different strategy this morning; skip breakfast and leave early with a plan to eat at the first major town we hit, Vizille. So we rolled out at 7:30am and had a beautiful 40 km descent into Vizille. So far so good. We found the local grocery store and patiserie, at breakfast and then found the rest of our group had caught up. Great..... From here we turned north and road through many hillside villages, climbing on and off. We came upon a "road closed ahead" sign. In the past we continued on since bicycles are usually able to pass. Not this time. The local bridge gapping the river was out and fenced off. We turned around, climbing back up to the beginning of the descent and for the first time we were LOST. Using our very lame broken French we were able to find our way to the "other" suggested route. This was an easy ride through some larger cities finally ending up at the quaint village of Allevard. It was a VERY HOT day and beers and Perrier were in order.