Watching the 2020 Tour de France earlier this week as the riders negotiated the passes and gorges of the Chartreuse area, I was reminded of our cross-country trip in September 2011. We left Troo in Le Loir and set off for Saint Pierre d'Entremont in Savoie - a distance of 650 km. By South African standards this would have been a six-hour morning drive - "We'll be there in time for lunch" was the expectation. We eventually arrived at our destination after spending 12 hours on the road - thanks to a pass closed by a rock fall; deviations due to road work; getting lost and having to ask for help in French (at least three times) and speed restrictions that had not been factored into calculations. It was, however, a memorable
journey with beautiful scenery!