Our epic adventure is now over and we can reflect on what the trip has meant to us, and which memories will stay with us, for good or bad.
When I first heard of this opportunity through FORCE I signed up thinking it would be a great adventure, but without fully appreciating how hard it would be (they say ignorance is bliss!). We had many highs and a few lows, but all added to the trip and allowed us to have some wonderful memories that will stay with me forever.
- Best meal: Day 2, a virtually empty Italian restaurant we only found through a conversation in French!
- Best accommodation & hosts: Days 6 & 7, Chalet Michelle.
- Best climb: Day 6, Col Du Galibier, with honourable mentions to Col du Telegraph and (day 5) Col du Mont-Cenis.
- Hardest day’s ride: Day 1, still the most difficult day’s ride I’ve ever done.
- Low point: Day 1, my spoke breaking. Thankfully Nelly kept my spirits up when I needed it most.
- Most fun: Day 13, The music festival in Nevers.
- Most memorable: Day 19, Utah beach.
- Best moment: Day 20, The finish! Second: Day 6, Getting to the top of Col du Galibier
Thanks Steve. This was all possible thanks to you mate
A note on the ride statistics:
We primarily used garmin GPS tracking devices to record our rides. Our particular garmins give accurate figures for distance and [especially] elevation. While we were away we were unable to upload these files so we also recorded the rides on mobile phones, allowing everyone to see the days rides. There is a well know issue with elevation figures that phones (and some other devices) produce, usually over-inflation. The elevation figures quoted on each days page are from the garmin devices and so do not correspond with the ride files in the links.