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Sunday, July 14, 2024

La Barillette. Dawn Trip! – My Biking Problem

Sure, I’m nonetheless right here. I do know I haven’t posted in a very long time. Sorry. I’m nonetheless driving. However for numerous causes this yr it’s been primarily from house.

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Wooohoo! A superb journey at midnight freezing chilly to see the dawn with my nice pals Richard and Tim.

A very good dawn journey requires an unimpeded view in the direction of the dawn. The aim is all the time to reach a minimum of 10 minutes earlier than the dawn to benefit from the altering sky. It was chilly and windy so we have been closely dressed and all had bike lights prepared for this pretty 12.7 kilometre climb on a quiet Jura mountain forest highway.

The climb to La Barillette is the third highest paved highway within the Juras. There’s a Swisscom communication tower and a Skyguide aviation radar tower on the high. It has an unimpeded summit view south: immediately under is Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) and within the distance the Alps. Excellent!

We cheerfully climbed this pretty highway, chatted a bit, breathed closely so much. The hassle stored us heat.

There was a powerful Bise (north wind) on the summit and we have been chilly as soon as we stopped pedalling so we have been impatient for the solar to rise. However what an important view: Mont Blanc was so clear within the distance, excessive above the clouds. And an orange glow.

After which the solar peeked over the Alps. I want I used to be a greater photographer and knew easy methods to absolutely seize the brilliant lighting, and so forth. However the first few seconds of the solar was superb. Tim was an ideal mannequin and allowed me to yell at him as he rode posed.

It’s great when a loopy thought works out so effectively. Thanks for the nice firm. That is my fourth dawn journey with Tim, and my second with Richard. We have now already begun brainstorming a very good candidate for subsequent yr.

For different dawn rides see:

  1. Cime de la Bonette
  2. Grand Colombier
  3. Mont Ventoux
  4. Mont Salève
  5. Col du Galibier

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