Südfrankreich, Alpen, August 2023
This year again on the familiar loop. New with us are Andreas and Gerd, Thomas and Franz come along again after a longer break.
We drive in two groups and meet at some viewpoints and sometimes for coffee or lunch.
We have some new or rather rare participants with us.
Marcellus, Beat, Michi and I are frequent participants. Andreas and Gerd are on the tour for the first time.
Hartmut is a former participant and now drives the route with an electric car.
I have compiled a video with all pictures (Franz, Michi, Gerd, Marcellus, Tom)
This year I make a stopover in Bietigheim with Susanne. We use one day for some sightseeing.
Then, on a rainy day, I continue over the Swabian Alb and from north to south through Switzerland to Champéry on Lake Leman.
Gerd, Franz, Thomas and Andreas travel with a car trailer or van.
It is raining cats and dogs. We shorten the route to almost direct route and see that we get to the hotel in Aix-les-Bains as soon as possible.
We proceed. It is still cold and wet in the morning but the weather improves significantly over the day.
It goes further south.
The Col de Grimone is closed. Therefore we drive again the Col de Menée.
In the afternoon we reach the magnificent Lac de Serre-Ponçon reservoir before heading to the hotel near Barcelonnette.
We are taking a new route south. We want to see the Mediterranean Sea.
Before that we have to cross the high pass Col d'Allos. Then it becomes very Mediterranean-like: hills, pine trees and warmth. We touch the Grand Canyon du Verdon and also drive through the Gorges de Daluis, which is very impressive because of its rugged red rocks. The day ends with the again quite high Col de la Cayolle
The royal stage. The really big passes are coming up: Col de la Bonette, Col de la Lombarde, Col d'Izoard, Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon, Col de la Croix de Fer.
Since the other group will be changing tires in Barcelonnette, our tours are not quite the same this day.
Already the last day.
According to the routes of the previous day we go via Montvernier and Col de Chaussy to Col de la Madeleine and the other group goes via Col de la Croix de Fer and Col du Glandon.
Then we pass Albertville to get to Col du Pré and Cormet du Roselend.
A short stage through Italy brings us back to Switzerland to the starting point of our tour via Petit and Grand Saint-Bernhard.
Gerd has offered to take me with him to Berlin. Therefore, we can have breakfast together with the others.
Then it goes on the 1200 kilometer (745 miles) tour back.