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 Post subject: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:35 am 
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I shan't bore you with all of them, but I thought I would post a few...

This is one of my favourite climbs.
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It's a lovely climb up through woods and then nice and relaxed so it doesn't scare me with nasty sheer drops
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The last part of the climb used to be a lovely road, but now it goes into a tunnel for the last mile
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Nice of them to put the flags out to welcome us for lunch
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Another day, another climb (just under 4000 feet here)
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This is the scariest road that I've ever been along (I don't like heights) - over that wall is a drop.
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The wall is knee high for most of the time, but occasionally only a couple of bricks high
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Did I mention that there's quite a big drop there? Just out of shot is a glider, below us.
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ooh look, we just came along there. Can I have a clean pair of shorts now?
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100 years ago, climbers lowered themselves on ropes, drilled holes and used bang stuff to create the space for the roads. You can see traces of it still (though this is probably a bit later)
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It's not all vertiginous roads though, this is a quiet road through apricot orchards
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We were staying over there in the priory, no monks now though!
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A couple of years ago, we turned back on a ride because the weather was deteriorating (and we were worried that the cake shop might shut), we went back there and just after where we got to, the road goes into a fabulous forest
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Most of the "cols" are easy enough climbs, we left one of them and went up another road, at least twice as steep and we gained altitude very quickly
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The col road would have still been near the bottom down there
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Hard work deserves a reward
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Anybody fancy going there next year?

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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 11:56 am 
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Oh they are quite lovely!

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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 8:25 pm 
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Wow! It looks incredible, and is a part of England I’ve never seen.

Acksherley, where is it?

One day I might go there, if only for those cakes!


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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:50 pm 
That shot of a cyclist suggests you've had plastic surgery and liposuction, if I may (or even if I may not) be so rude.. :mrgreen:

The young master Zipperhead seems to be very relaxed after such extreme cycling. Was he driving the support vehicle?! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
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deejayen wrote:
Wow! It looks incredible, and is a part of England I’ve never seen.

Acksherley, where is it?

One day I might go there, if only for those cakes!


It's in southern France (west of Grenoble), an area called the Vercors. A really beautiful area with lots of good cake shops. Sadly one of the two in the village has closed down. Not only did Madame make the finest fondants, but she had a lovely set of buns.

The scary road is Combe Laval.

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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:30 am 
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Pagan wrote:
That shot of a cyclist suggests you've had plastic surgery and liposuction, if I may (or even if I may not) be so rude.. :mrgreen:

The young master Zipperhead seems to be very relaxed after such extreme cycling. Was he driving the support vehicle?! :wink:


Well, I'll admit to the plastic surgery (but you've never seen me without), but liposuction? I'm not sure that I'm any thinner.

Jonathan looks relaxed there because it's flat. His temper seemed to be directly related to the gradient of the road, on the really steep bits it was best to keep your distance.

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 Post subject: Re: My holiday snaps
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:48 pm 
Hehehehehehe... Jonathan and me both! :mrgreen:


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