21.09.2015 - 21.09.2015
Off out on the bikes today, a circular route over some great roads around the Vosges, hopefully The 'RIDE' route we've downloaded will work ok.
Tour shirts on and ready to go.
Our start point is at about 10am at Geradmer Lake
before heading up the high pass to the views from the top of the Ballons des Vosges, popular with skiers in the winter. Plenty of twists & turns to keep us occupied and a few good overtakes and lorries to contend with.
Lunch on the summit of one of the high passes, a stop off to take a look at the WW1 memorial & cemetry at The Harmannswillerkorf battlefield, not enough time for a proper look around as it's about 4km in total.
The twisty climbs open jnto sweeping bends and good open summits with spectacular views, the weather is ideal, between 10 & 21 degrees through the trees.
The satnavs are a bit tempremental as they try to cope with diversions and road closures, plenty of German and French bikes about. Distance of about 160mls covered today and one fuel stop (running a bit low on the V-Strom as we rolled into that one).
Back in Vagney by 6 pm.
It's off to Pascals (Jean-Michels brother) for his birthday gathering with family. Making polite conversation and talking of nothing in particular, motorcycles, cars, family, weather, houses, kids, work, cyclists up the mountain.
Then we had a brainwave.......
'How do you say Alpaca in French? '
'Alpaca? what is Alpaca? what they say, Alpaca, what is this?
'It is like a big sheep, very wooly, long fur.'
'No, we do not know this.'
'It is smaller than a horse, with long fur.'
'Oh, a poneeeey.'
'No, it has a long neck.' (makes actions to explain long neck.)
'Ah, yes Jeeiraffe.'
'NO, ffs, where's the iPad and the translator, put it in.........put it in......'
'Here, l'ALPAGA.' (Show translation.)
'Oh, yes we know what it is, why is it you want to know?'
'No reason, we saw one in a field today on the mountain.'
My stomach still hurts, try explaining it to our hosts! I don't think they understand!