Southern France, Alps, August 2022
As always, the tour starts south of Lac Leman and finds its end a little further south in Martigny, Switzerland.
This time I have to fight with some technical problems but in the end I make it back home thanks to the help of Andi and Beat.
We ride in two groups and meet on the way at special viewpoints, for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon coffee.
We are almost all repeat participants with Marcellus. Only Alexander is the first time in this group. Wolfgang is driving a car again.
I have again put all the pictures into a video. So you can drive the tour in 5 minutes.
I drive again in two days with a stopover in Gammertingen in the Swabian Alb.
On the way I lose the power for the GPS. Since Andi, Beat and Marcellus are not yet on the road, I can request repair tools and materials from a distance.
But on the second day I find help on the way and can drive to the meeting point in Champéry.
We meander over the small passes south of Lake Geneva and eventually arrive in Aix-les-Bains by taking (deliberate) detours. The weather is splendid and we get very nice views. At the very end on top of Mont du Chat.
Today we are going into the Vercors and we are drawn to the great dinner in Gresse-en-Vercors.
Before that we drive a bit along the Isère valley and through a landscape with very impressive rocks.
Andi and Beat need to check my GPS power supply in the evening. It remains somewhat shaky.
It goes further south.
The weather is a bit mixed. Not so much sun, more clouds and at the end of the day also a shower.
I am curious to see how much water is in Lac de Serre-Ponçon this year. There has been a severe drought all over Europe.
We stay in Pra Loup and ride a southern loop from there. Destinations include Entrevaux and Roubion. We also go over two high passes: Col d'Allos in the morning and Col de la Cayolle in the afternoon
The day with the highest passes of the tour. First thing in the morning is Col de la Bonette, the highest. Later follow Col de la Lombarde, Col d'Izoard and Col du Galibier.
In between we have to go back to Barcelonnette to change Andi's tires.
The last day of the tour already. We are heading further north back to Martigny in Switzerland. But before that we still have some passes ahead of us. Besides Col de la Croix de Fer, Col de la Madeleine and Cormet du Roselend also my favorite Col du Pré.
At the end in Switzerland we get again faced with some rain.
But the final dinner at the hotel in Martigny is very nice.
I get up very early. There are 780 miles ahead of me. The ride is accompanied again and again by showers, some of them heavy. Still in Switzerland I get a tire pressure warning. Something is wrong with the rear tire. Before Villingen-Schwenningen the air is out. The AAA takes me to a tire service, which fortunately is still open. It is Saturday at noon. With a new rear tire I can continue my journey home shortly afterwards and reach Berlin again in the evening.
The tour is over.