And Go Karting in Grasse
18.06.2010 - 20.06.2010 20 °C
Next morning I take the bike for a proper ride, but as I don’t have all the gear I keep to the quiet roads and hills. Had a great time.
In the afternoon, L decides to head into Grasse to check out the perfume factories. As a historical centre for perfumes, Grasse has a number of factories around which do tours. Whilst she is doing this, G and I head into the hills to the Go Kart track. G is big enough that we get onto the intermediate track – 270cc 4 stroke motors – and they can go. We are on a short track, but with some good rise and falls and sharp turns. We had 15 minutes and I reckon I took the honours pretty well. By the end of the time, we had both got used to drifting a bit through the corners, picking our lines, all that good stuff. We walked off, and then back for another session and another 32 Euro. This time, the honours were evenly shared as G put a lot of lessons from the first session into play, and used his lighter weight and better acceleration to advantage. Great fun.
So that was our last day and after another ride we pack and head north to Annecy. It is quite a ride and we have to stop a few times. Find the hotel, unload and then head in for dinner. It has been raining the whole time here, so we don’t get much of a look around, but what we see looks very pleasant.
In the morning(ish) we head east to Chamonix. Here we are going to go up the cable car to the Aguille du Midi to take in the magnificent views of Mont Blanc, six countries and a large proportion of the Alps. It is a great trip up to the middle station with great views over the valley and Chamonix.
At the middle station we change over to the upper car and head up – into the thick cloud which blocks the view past the end of you arm. So after some minutes in the cloud we clunk into position at the top station. Up here the air is thinner, so thin that it is very advisable to take it slow and not leap up any steps. We sit in the cafeteria to acclimatise and see if the cloud lifts. It doesn’t.
We head up to the very top and have a look at the view, which is uniform in every direction – cloud. Go down and have a look at some mountaineering teams coming in, there is a mountain rescue team that has been on the snow for 3 days doing training. They are all carrying large packs and they are well roped together as it is a long way down in any direction. And although they are used to the altitude, their movements are very slow and deliberate.
As the altitude is making G and L uncomfortable, we soon return to ground. Back in Chamonix we have a brief look about before we head back to Annecy. We have a brief chance to look around the lake edge part of town which is very picturesque, but no charge left in the battery so we have no photos to prove it. Would have been nice to spend more time around here – as i have said in a number of places... Nice dinner, then bed