Polly & Micks  G.D.O. 2011   Page 7.

                                     Stopped in a layby outside the Ville of St. Antonin Noble Val

                                                                 Across the river from the layby.

                                                           Back over the bridge to the layby.

On the road again. went up into some hills called  Mts. de Lacaune and stopped for the night in a layby on a high spot.

                                                                                                                                         200 Kms.

                          Fri. 24th June.

                                                             I'll settle for neighbours like that.

              Lovely quiet spot but must get on. Drove and drove  till we got to Port St Louis.On our way we stopped in this mountain pass for a cuppa.Arrived at destination at 2030.

                                                                                                                                        334 Kms. 

                          Sat. 25th June.

Acres of sandy beach for which they are now charging to go on but only 3 Euros, not bad really seeing you park almost anywhere. Hardly any people there, a few more turned up in the afternoon.The temperature on our gauge was 39' don't know how accurate but pretty hot.

 Seeing where Port St. Louis  is on the Med. don't think I will pay to go to St Trop.which is just East, around the corner below Frejus.

                                                              They don't seem to mind it being quiet.

 The beach is about 5 kms. beyond Port St Louis and I don't think they mind you staying overnight but some of the locals come down in their cars and try to wind up the motorhomers by driving fast around the beach. So we go back to town for the night where you can either pay to stay in the Aire,this way you get to use the services, or you can go to the other side of the canal and park for free which is what we do.Last tme we were here in 07 there were dozens of vans parked both sides of the canal but they have closed off a lot of it. Probably somebody complained because it was getting out of hand.I expect the shops have noticed a difference.

                                                  Not so busy any more.

                         Sun. 26th June

 Decided seaside is not for us so drove a long way again 401 Kms.Through Nyons and stopped in a layby on very busy road.Just tired out and stopped, first chance I got.No picture.

                                                                                                                                       401 Kms.

                       Mon. 27th June.

 From this point we were on a pretty river valley road that sometimes went up into the hills.  Very nice.

 After stopping for a cuppa we went on to Serres where we stopped for lunch and wandered round the Ville and went to Supermarche for some shopping.The supermarkets in France,much the same but sometimes you have to weigh the fruit and veg sometimes you don't.

Met a friendly butterfly and a couple from England  who thought we came from Barnsley because of Archies registration .After a nice break continued to Gap and out on to the Grenoble road, up a very steep winding road which ended at 1248 Mtrs.on Col Bayard where we had been before and remembered  a nice picnic area amongst the trees so decided to stop there for the night.

                                                                                                                                           134 Kms.

                       Tues 28th June.

On towards Grenoble, getting amongst the mountains now, some pretty awesome scenery which culminates when we get to Alpe D'Huez. Turned off the main road at la Mure towards Valbonnas then on and up a long steep climb to Col d' Ornon. The usual restaurant and pub which is the norm for most Cols but after parking in the layby alongside for a while we noticed a not very nice smell and went back down the hill for a quarter mile and stopped on an area that was being built up to direct the waterflow off the mountains when the snow melted.

                                                                                                                                          97 Kms.

                                                    Where we stopped

                     Weds. 29th June

Went for walk up through the trees to try and get a good view of the valley but much further than I'm able to walk so enjoyed the ambiance of the surroundings and took some pics of the flowers.

 After a nice walk and cup of tea we went down the other side of the Col. Totally different road to the one up, which was steep but have done worse,. This side was very twisty and half way down a large part of the 'up' side had dissappeared down the side of the mountain and was marked with a few road spikes and tape.Hope nobody was on it at the time. Bit scary but got past it and safely down to the bottom to the town of  Bourge d' Oisans where we did some shopping at Supermarche on the exit road to the Ville.Then took the road up to Alpe d'Huez.   WOW!

                                                   Just below the town.

Alpe d'Huez 1860 Mtrs. One of the final mountain stages of the Tour De France, sadly arrived 2 weeks early not knowing any dates but will sort it for next year. There was a race on while we were there called La Marmotte. Comprising three mountains, 1924 Mtrs. 2645 Mtrs and Alpe d'Huez, finishing point.  Approx 6 hours for the winner.  Alpine ski resort with ski lifts going in all directions. When no snow, as now, another way of killing yourself is mountain biking down the same slopes. Now that does look scary. This place was the most awesome point of our journey. Photos don't do it justice. But will try.   

                                                                                                                                         37 Kms.

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