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June 2016 – Italy Appennines

  • Type: 6 – day hi
  • Group Strength: 8
  • Distance: 1000 miles

 

June, perfect weather everywhere. And I mean, everywhere. Waited for a few mates to come down to Bavaria and we set off via the Alps. We hit Italy in South Tirol and cruised through the Po plain in unearthly temperatures before we hit the Tuscan mountains where we spent our first night.italy-01Then through Umbria with all its wines and Lago Trasimeno italy-04before we headed further south-east to Abruzzo through some of the most amazing landscape one is ever likely to see. italy-05Unfortunately this is where the recent quake hit so I’m not sure whether the restaurant in Norcia still exists where we had the local sausage – a top speciality…

From there we headed to the coast for a bit of of a dip and some warmth againitaly-03before finally heading back up north, not without picking some great passes along the way through Marche, Umbria and Tuscany. Oh, and did I mention the food? THE FOOD??? Grrr…italy-03All in all a great tour and Italy is fast becoming a favourite of mine – and I mean not only the Alps!

July 2015 – France

  • Type: 6 – day hi
  • Group Strength: 4
  • Distance: 1250 miles

We thought we’d go the whole hog, drove through Austria, Italy and France, no motorways, just small stuff. Intense? Oh, yes. But everyone was more than up for it.france1

Rehydration is always important…

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And then came the French Alps with their dizzying heights.

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You can tell by our faces. Not only dizzying but dazzling fun as well.

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The craziest thing of all was that we were sort of following the Tour de France which meant that unfortunately one or two passes were closed. We also found that the French are absolutely mad cycling up these monsters in their droves 😆

france5This one was just north of our base in Bourg Saint Maurice, where we knew a great camp site. As everyone was keen on tents we brought ours as well. Not so high but some lovely stretches of tarmac. The Cormet de Roselend with its less than 2000m quickly became a favourite of mine.

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Don’t think I’ve been higher with a bike than Col d’Iseran. Here is a photo (naturally without bikes) to prove it.

france8As we tour the Italian and Austrian Alps at least 8 or 9 times a year this was something special for us and we would gladly return to this beautiful part of the world.