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Friday, September 22, 2023

La Barillette. Dawn Journey! – 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 using. However for varied causes this yr it’s been primarily from house.

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Wooohoo! A wonderful experience at the hours of darkness freezing chilly to see the dawn with my nice associates Richard and Tim.

A superb dawn experience requires an unimpeded view in direction of the dawn. The objective is at all times to reach no less than 10 minutes earlier than the dawn to benefit from the altering sky. It was chilly and windy so we had been closely dressed and all had bike lights prepared for this beautiful 12.7 kilometre climb on a quiet Jura mountain forest street.

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

We cheerfully climbed this beautiful street, chatted just a little, breathed closely so much. The hassle saved us heat.

There was a robust Bise (north wind) on the summit and we had been chilly as soon as we stopped pedalling so we had 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 tips on how to totally seize the intense lighting, and many others. However the first few seconds of the solar was wonderful. 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 properly. Thanks for the nice firm. That is my fourth dawn experience with Tim, and my second with Richard. We’ve got already begun brainstorming a great 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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