Entries by Eugene Roux

650km with very little effort!

So again I get rained on and wake up to clear skies. This time it is a little cooler morning and I have to pack up wet tents etc. Normal procedure in the morning but now we have made some really nice camping buddies. So departure took a while to greet everyone – Dave, his […]

Du Huez Du Huez!!!

No rain overnight and a beautiful day in store. I languished in camp enjoying a good breakfast and also hiding tired legs as long as possible before taking on Du Huez !! I set off from Ferme Noemie around 9.45 and would have my photo taken at the top at 12.12.59 after waiting in a […]

The Alpe Du Huez – simply majestic

So we get caught in the thunderstorm but just before it starts bucketing down we pass a house in ND de Mésage and a lady scurrying towards her front door. I enquire if there would be a gite or hotel close by and with much gesturing she invites us to stay in her garden flat. […]

Down to Grenoble ends on a high note!!!

As I said in the previous blog we climb to Villard de Salans then you climb another 10 km and way below you in the valley is Grenoble. This is a pic of the distant Alpine mountains beyond Grenoble with Alpe Du Huez and the other famous cols yet to be ridden on “Big Orange”. […]

Bl&%#@m maar dit is mooi!! (Man it is spectacular)

I collect my tablet an battery from Karen that kindly charged them overnight. I then head for town and the start for the day. The local boulangerie owner has a t shirt that speaks MTN Quebeka language if you ignored the small print. Having bought my daily supply I then move down onto a better […]

Rodez departure

The older parts of the villages and towns are so beautiful. In  the municipal campsite we meet a young couple from Belgium, Steve and Yulana, as well as Pat from Ireland. The couple overnighted and were waiting to meet her parents that were joining them for a holiday in the South of France. They were […]

Arriveé et depart de Rodez av de st pierre

A leisurely breakfast and time to wash all the clothes against then up to the city centre. As I have previously said the towns are built on hills for security reasons in the past. You would be less at risk in an attack but now the modern day you are more at risk of attack […]

Oloron to Rodez

Now the bank is not in my good books. Only an automated reply that it will respond within 24 hours. No prizes for guessing whether they contacted me or not. Luckily my wife is proactive and went on line in SA to confirm my password. Back to the travels and I need to reach Rodez […]

Rapid descent from on high

WOW and WOW again !!! What a descent from high on a Pyrenean mountain for two reasons. One the reality sinks in on how steep and long it is and two my V brakes cooked trying to keep Big Orange from running away with me and my weighted panniers. At first I thought it was […]