Author Archives: Joke

Autumn

Like Sandra, our Canadian friend, we meet cats and dogs on our running or walking routes. We never feel alone. We know the names of some, we will know the names of some others, and for some we will never know. Some Masters are nice, others indifferent, others grumpy.

For my part 1863 km [1164 M] as of today since January 1, an average of 6.67 km/day [4,17 M]. My knees hold, and curiously, I feel very, very tired when I’m not walking – at night, in particular.

Walk, ride, run

Yesterday, the Mistress of Frimousse ran almost 11 km near the Lake, Elouan 17 km on his bike between the place where he lives with his two companions and the Col du Chat, the mountain that you can see from Aix-les-Bains on the other side of the Lac du Bourget. I walked a little more than 9 km and, today almost 12.

When I walk…

When I walk near Duingt, as i do nearly everyday, I can see a big ginger cat – very beautiful ! I’d like to take a photo but he is too fast and I am too slow… Visitors are not many these days and it is quite peaceful near the Lake. I meet more or less the same people on my 11,4 km ( 7M ) course. They walk or walk their dogs, or their babies. They seem to have understook masks are useless to protect others. They just have to keep distances when they talk. The wind chases occasionnal viruses and prevent their concentration. 1600 km (1000 M) from the beginning of this year.

Today and yesterday

Yesterday Elouan cycled 100 km D+ 2600m [62M 8500ft], climbing Revard. He lost his pump. Therefore he cycled another 60 km D+ 1200 m [37M 4000ft]today to ty and find it. And he did ! Frimousse’s Mistress is trailing at Fenêtre d’Arpette between Forclaz Pass and Morgex, near Glacier of Trient. I walked 9 K this morning, by the Lake, flat ground…

A little more than 7 miles this morning

After the cycling week for Kerrian and the Mistress of Frimousse, she and I went for walking/running in Bionaz and Cogne in Val d’Aosta. Even more people in the mountains on the other side of Mont-Blanc than on this one. People seem to have understood that in the mountains, low virus levels do not allow contamination… And now the Mistress of Frimousse alternates cycling, running and trail running. This week she is in Chamonix with friends. For my part I walk a lot (7,2 M this morning, for example) and I will try to get back on a bike…

Last week…

Last week, cycling in Briançonnais. The Mistress of Frimousse, Kerrian, joined by Steph and her parents. Galibier, Isoard, col de l’Échelle, Granon. Galibier and Isoard are no longer presented. The Granon is less known but more formidable than the two pre-mentioned. As for the Col de l’Échelle… TV reports, in winter, «migrants» trying to pass from Italy to France, and many find death there.

For my part, I was content to climb by walking the Galibier from Plan Lachat (North side) and from Lautaret (South side). I also made the round trip between the valley of Névache and the top of the Col de l’Échelle.

If you pass by there, three interesting addresses for lunch (the Auberge de Plan-Lachat and the pizzeria Da Gianka in Oulx (Piedmont) or stay (La Ferme de Belline).

https://www.facebook.com/Auberge-Plan-lachat-375823629783864/

https://www.facebook.com/Pizzeria-Brasserie-Da-Gianka-105159907641005

Training

The Mistress of Frimousse was on her bike this morning. She has ridden 421 km (263 M) and 6620 m (21700 ft) D+ in a fortnight, taking advantage of the long evenings. She will be trained for the week planned in July around Briançon – Galibier, Isoard and perhaps Agnel or Le Granon. Kerrian agreed to ride with her. As for Elouan he uses for the first time his driving license, downloaded on the Internet on the day he was 18, that is June 17th. He is in Ardèche, waiting for the operation of his second ankle on July 9. I walk/jog every day, maintaining a daily distance of 6 km (3.8 M) since January 1st.