Col du Saint Grand Bernard 2,469m
Height gain 695 metres
We parked the van just on the old road to the Col. Thus missing the tunnel through the Col. A beautiful quiet ride through this foreboding historic Combe
It reminded me of a Wild Scottish glen. The gradients were 8 to 10% but with only 7 kms to cycle it was a real joy just gazing at the vast scenery towering above.
Barely any traffic and good tarmac a little different when Napolean marched his army over the pass.
The army marched with drums to warn others they were on their way, we heard sounds of rocks falling but I bet the drums sounded ominous echoing off the mountain valleys.
The top is as dramatic with the hospice, hotel, Italian border and a few cuddly stuffed St Bernard toys.
And delicious Hot Chocolate on the Italian side that needed a spoon to drink. It really was this thick.
With clouds threatening rain, we made our way back down the very cold col thinking of it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start packing some winter gear. Thank goodness for the Hot Chocolate.