Transportation: 2002 BMW 650CS
Route: Borgosesia - Cuneo; Colle della Maddalena - Barcelonnette; Col d'Allos - St. Andre les Alpes; Gorges du Verdon via Castellane - (Banon) - St. Etienne les Orgues; Sisteron - Briancon - Vercelli - Borgosesia.
Length of Trip: 3 days
Total Distance: 974 km/605 miles
I took all the surface roads on the way to France and rode from around noon until I arrived in St. Andre les Alpes that evening around 7:30. SS231 to Cuneo is not a road I'd choose again for all the trucks that pass that way. There are other country roads that are more enjoyable and can pop you out on the other side of Cuneo instead of riding through the town. Riding in France is heavenly.
At the top of the pass
Views of St. Andre les Alpes
At one end of Lac de Castillon
Tourist town of Castellane: you can't help but like this town for the medieval castle, the church on the hill and the quaint roads that wind around the square. And for windows like this one. Why don't we all paint borders around our windows and houses?
This little fella visited several of us sitting in the square. It was only after I saw him follow a man to the fountain that I guessed he was thirsty. He wouldn't drink water from my cupped hands, but caught it as I splashed handfuls out to him.
Views of the Gorges du Verdon and the road along the valley.
Me. I don't have a tummy ache; I'm holding up the water bladder I tucked into my jacket.
Lac de St. Croix
Poppy fields in Provence...not what I was looking for. My bike is more photogenic than I am.
Views of the village St. Etienne les Orgues. I rode as far as Banon only to discover from the person at the tourist info office (who ONLY spoke french) that there are NO HOTELS in Banon. Only Chambres d'hotes or Gites which is fine, if they are open or have room. I had to leave town to look for other lodging and ended up in this area. Not too bad.
I arrived too early for fields of incredibly purple lavender. I took this photo because, well, I had to, and not because it was amazing.
On my way out, another photo at Sisteron and their walled Fortress.
Last stop in France for lunch - Tallard's fortress due to open July 1.
Remember my other photos of a fantastic dinner in France? Well, here is the other side of the spectrum.
That's where I'm headed, back to Italy (taken from N94)
Lac de Serre Poncon: one of the most visited sites in France
On the way to the Col de Montgenevre. (View of France)