6 July 2011
Piaw and I climbed back up towards Cormet de Roselend, which we had crossed over the previous day by car. We agreed to climb for a fixed amount of time and then head back down to Beaufort to eat lunch. The first part of the climb was shaded and it was a cool day anyway. A racer passed me on the way up and I tried to match his pace, sustaining almost double my usual pace for several minutes.
Piaw saw some cross-country skiiers trying to practice and to make the most of the season.
It was raining a bit when I passed the lake, though not much. I was making good enough time that I reached the pass (Piaw did not). I turned around and rolled back to Beaufort, where we ate lunch.
In the afternoon we drove to Geneva to stay at Jennie and Raphael's place for a night. They have a beautiful apartment that looks out on a residential complex.
Raphael lent us some tools to fix a problem that Piaw had been having with his wheel. The bikes had been traveling mounted on the back of the car, and on one of the trips, the exhaust must have fused the valve stem cap onto the valve stem. We managed to cut it away:
For dinner, Jennie and Raphael prepared raclette, which I might characterize like the local analogue of fondue. We heated pieces of cheese and ham on a little grill and ate them with potatoes and cornichons. Yum!
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