|Dali exhibit at the Sofia- WILD|
|A whole world of ham|
Enough eating, drinking and sleeping, it was now time to ride. We flew from Madrid to Geneva to start our "pre" trip riding. The airport in Madrid is enormous consisting of four terminals, all of which we very modern. It was a nice two hour flight to Geneva where we were met at the airport and shuttled to our hotel right in the downtown only a few blocks from the lake. We enjoyed our first lunch in the hotel; shrimp salad and rose. Tres bon. The weather was magnificent, high 70's and a light breeze.
7/11- Geneva ride
Finally our first day of riding which took us along the western shore of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) to Nyon. We had cycled this route several times before, each time with beautiful views of the lake. The ride was an up and back, nothing strenuous. We visited a nice little museum just off the lake before lunch. On the way home we enjoyed a tour of a chocolate factory and informative explanation of the process in making decorative chocolates.
|I had to shoot a pix of something in the museum|
Back at the hotel we researched dinner on our own seeking the best pizza in Geneva. A gorgeous walk took us around the lake to Pizzeria Da Paolo.
|The real deal with wood fired oven|
7/12- Ride to Tournus
We had never experienced being bused anywhere for a bike ride. We drove for what seemed like forever across the Swiss border into France. Our start was at a truck stop of all places. With GPS in hand we were off. After a somewhat crazy start we settled into idylic country roads following a river west. Using the GPS was a challenge and we struggled to say the least.
|Ready to ride on the fricking bus|
|The first of many beautiful bridge crossings|
7/13- The ride to Beaune through the vineyards
|On the "Route Gran Vins"|
|This place has over 3,000,000 bottles in storage|
|Down deep in the caves and tasting some incredible burgundy wines|
|Market Day Beaune- olives|
|Market Day Beaune- salami|
|The Rhone river in Lyon|
|Highly rated by critics, highly overrated by us|
|View just before entering the forest on the way up|
|Picture perfect day, 80F, no wind|
|Picture says it all...|
|Our second "sommet" shot|