Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sadie's September adventures

The next episode of 'Travels with Sadie' began a week ago. The Isère area of the Alps has been our base since last Sunday where we have done some great mountain biking and running. Rather than bore you with the details, here is a photo summary of the trip so far.

Our first base, just outside Mens;
View of Mens in the valley below, on our 10km run out
On the mountain bikes for a 20km ride around Mens with stunning views above Saint-Baudille et-Pipet
Then, North towards la Mure and la Motte d'Aveillans, where we parked up at the tiny little Seignaraux ski de fond centre
for a walk/run up le Sénépy 1769m from where we had great views of the high mountains to the south and east

Then we headed down to Pierre Chateal and the Lac de Pierre Chatel, one of the three 'Lacs de Laffrey', from where we had a fantastic but hilly and technical 31km/1100m+ mountain bike on some of the stunning tracks, trails and paths of the area, again with great views of the lakes and surrounding hills

From there, up to the deserted and abandoned Saint-Honoré 1500 ski resort for an 'assault' on 'Tabor', the highest peak of the area at 2389m (total outing 13km/1100m+) from where we soaked in the panoramic views. 

The descent was along a ridgeline- we also bagged the pic at the end
Looking back at Tabor from the final Pic, le Piquet de Nantes
Back down to the ski station - can you spot Sadie?
We then headed up to Alpe d'Huez which is a bizarre ghost town at this time of year. The weather has turned and we are contemplating our next course of action. Watch that space.

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