It is a chapter of the net sequence “Our Playground” by Tito Tomasi – showcasing some good driving in some stunning areas!
With the tip of lockdown primary it was time to begin a brand new street journey, and after shedding your freedom, the place do you go for exploring first? your yard!
The Street Journey Idea
The concept was to journey the division in a van, from valley to valley, assembly buddies to take pleasure in this mountain biking paradise collectively. Totally different visitors for every valley, very mountain rides, all within the simplicity of a street journey. Good driving, buddies, mountains, quiet evenings within the van with sunsets and a great dose of journey.
The journey started with the northernmost of the Alpes-Maritimes valleys, Roya. I used to be driving with my pal Dario, an Italian rider from the area of Brescia and the Dolomites. Nice rider, enthusiastic and mountain lover, we had been in a position to journey collectively regardless of very unhealthy climate situations. The primary day, it took a number of hours of ready for the solar to come back out to go to the summit of Nauque, sadly within the ascent Dario broke his rear wheel and I continued the journey alone. On the high, an unimaginable panorama of the mountain and the Vallée des Merveilles, chase with the chamois within the gentle of the sundown. And wild descent to seek out Dario and the van at Mussolini’s station in Saint Dalmas de Tende.
The following day Dario will search for a wheel within the morning after which be a part of me to journey collectively, we begin from Tende in the direction of the highest of Agnelo’s peak. On the way in which up, the rain comes again and forces us to shorten the tour a bit however above all to shelter from the rain! The descent in the direction of the village, it was rowdy, we feast, we fall, we roll and we be a part of Tende to take a bathe within the rain earlier than taking the street. Course the second valley, the Bevera!
Tonight it is pasta and eggs within the truck, a beer and plenty of mountain biking reminiscences. We depart a automobile in Sospel to go as much as the Col de Turini within the morning, and deal with the magnificent and various crossing Turini-Sospel. A primary half on the heights in an outstanding forest of pin timber. Earlier than discovering Moulinet, Dario breaks his derailleur and as soon as once more I’ve to proceed alone. So I proceed on the rocky paths in the direction of Sospel then as much as the mont Cuore for an epic loop. A fantastic massive day. I go to sleep on the Col de Turini actually proud of this magnificent day, Dario along with his Fiat Multipla subsequent door!
Within the morning he makes me a espresso and I depart him for Vésubie. Julie and Nic are ready for me in Saint Martin, a few EWS racers. I’ll take them to the Cimes de la Colmiane, it ought to change them from enduro trails! Certainly, it was for them a distinct floor however they adored this very mountainous day. From encounters with horses at excessive altitude, to very good lakes, passing by alpine trails on the crest traces, it was an intense day. We depart one another on the finish of the afternoon and I am going to Cians to seek out Cédric Tassan from Vtopo, who additionally rides a couple of days within the space.
The following morning, my long-time pal Florian from my hometown joined us for a day that guarantees to be quieter. We rode some very nice classics trails within the alpine, within the deep forest after which within the typical rocky ones. Valberg actually is an unmissable place ant it is not simply due to the luxurious panoramas on the Mercantour NP however quite the loopy mountain bike trails that the ‘we discover throughout after we search! Today even when it was much less demanding than the others leaves me very drained and sick, in all probability from the chilly within the Roya valley.
Within the morning it’s virtually unvoiced that I discover my father, we depart our autos in Isola to drive with Bruno and Titi in the direction of the ski resort Isola 2000 and start this closing loop, this final journey within the Tinée ends the journey in apotheosis. Probably the most stunning day and as well as, I’ve the unimaginable probability to share it with my father!
Right here we’re between France and Italy, on the army traces of altitude, enjoying the tightrope stroll with the snowfields and conceal and search with the chamois. The trail will take us round lakes, peaks, crossing some passes. It was a powerful day on this environment of buddies but additionally father/son after which as a result of we savored a newfound freedom with one of many first massive mountain journeys of the yr. After wild and loopy trails, we returned to Isola village in unreal sundown gentle. Savoring each second. Within the night, I shared the meal and the tenting spot with my father, our vans facet by facet.
The following day, on the Auberge la Quintesse, we celebrated freedom, biking, the mountains and Father’s Day. It is usually one of the best mountain restaurant that I do know, we had as a lot feast on the desk because the day earlier than on our bikes. I am quietly taking the street again to the coast after this large street journey, tomorrow I am driving again to Haute-Savoie to write down a chapter with my little household, we have been on the street for over a yr and a half now. We’ve to relocate, put quite a lot of issues again within the combine and all this for us three now!
Considering again to this journey, on this specific context, leaves me with an odd feeling, we’ve at all times loved a powerful freedom, for individuals who had made the alternatives for the world had change into small and the experiences immense. Tomorrow nothing is assured. So let’s simply remember, life is an opportunity.
Thanks in your help, your curiosity. It helps me, to push and suggest artistic content material. Wishing subsequent yr will carry extra prospects, help and vitality to carry high quality content material once more.
Due to my companions who enable me to proceed residing extraordinary adventures like this to encourage others. Present that it is not simply the race between rubalises that counts, that simplicity issues and that the world is huge.
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