Col du Grand Saint Bernard

 

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Col du Saint Grand Bernard 2,469m

Height gain 695 metres

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWe 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

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREIt 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.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREBarely any traffic and good tarmac a little different when Napolean marched his army over the pass.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThe 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.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThe top is as dramatic with the hospice, hotel, Italian border and a few cuddly stuffed St Bernard toys.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREAnd delicious Hot Chocolate on the Italian side that needed a spoon to drink. It really was this thick.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREWith 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.

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