Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Final Day- the ride to Ferney- 8/9

It was our last day so we decided to take the long route back to Ferney Voltaire. What a great decision even though it was 68 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. We climbed for "cols" in what proved to be a magnificent day. Only 6 of the 20 rode the long route. The biggest challenge of the day was navigating through Geneva and the thousands of people out for a big festival. Fortunately Les knew the ins and outs and got us safely back.

A beautiful French mountain chalet

The road down the valley. Finally some longer!

Four of the six final day "long route" riders

Our lunch stop, a make shift patisserie, but good

My stoker, "stoking up" on some after lunch desert!

One final shot of the Jet d'eaux in Geneva as we blasted by

Switzerland will be a great memory. We learned to suffer on this trip with all the steep climbing but we wouldn't have it any other way. All in all 770 miles and 55,000 vertical feet climbed. Another Williams milestone. Many thanks to Glenn Erickson for his magnificent route and hotel planning.

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