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Published: June 24th 2017
Traffic and mountains - leaving Voiron
Following yesterday's unintended efforts, and not having slept much (I got to bed late and was wakened early since my roommate and others wanted to leave before things started heating up), I was looking to take it easy today; fortunately today's route took me down roads I had travelled on previously. I was thus prepared for the heavy traffic and sudden breakfast-threatening climb out of Voiron, and was pleasantly surprised by the new bike lanes that led into Grenoble, although I think I hit 90% of the possible red lights on the way there. But it was turning into another hot day: at 8:50 I passed a sign that said it was already 30C. Having gotten lost
Traffic but new bike lanes!
in Grenoble on a previous trip, I now knew my way around town and so didn't worry when our directions once again proved confusing , and quickly got myself back on track and out of townOur approach to Bourg d"Oisans this time around was simply to follow the river, and with the hot day and almost imperceptible grades plus deceptive lay of the land (at times it seemed we were struggling to go downhill) it was one long, tough slog; I much prefer climbing at 5-6% than labouring along at 2%.Because it was ridiculously hot and I had already been up it several times I chose not to climb Alpe d'Huez today and instead headed directly
Henry (and my arm) - both heading uphill
to the grocery store for a banana followed by the traditional beer at the Milan, where I tried with only moderate success to catch up on both my typing and sleeping. Dinner was unexceptional but just across the street from the hotel. Having already consumed beer and a banana, since there was no broccoli on offer to complete the B complex trifecta I settled for a boule (scoop of ice cream) instead.
Sorry for the dearth of photos, but they would just be repeats of ones I have taken on previous trips. The real (and very much welcome) surprise was that the hotel Milan has been renovated - there is still no a/c (for some reason typical of the hotels in the region despite the heat) but there are new doors and floors in the rooms, and more stunningly the bathrooms have been completely revamped.
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