2nd day of ride:
A very windig road via Baraque de Roselend leaded us to Bourg Saint-Maurice.
Bergintrum), popularly known as Bourg, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
It is the last large town along the Tarentaise valley in the heart of the French Alps.
Bergintrum was a place on the Gallic side
of the pass of the Alpes Graiae, lying on the road marked in the Antonine
Itinerary between Mediolanum (modern Milan) and Vienna (modern Vienne). D'Anville (Notice, etc.)
places it, according to the Table, between Axima (modern Aime) and Alpis Graia. The distance from Bergintrum to Axima
is marked viiii M. P. The Alpis Graia is usually identified with a settlement at
the watershed on the pass of the Little Saint Bernard,
which divides the waters that flow to the Isère on the French side from those that flow to the
Dora Baltea on the Italian
side. This is the place D'Anville calls l'Hôpital, on the authority of a
manuscript map of the country. D'Anville first proposed the identification of
Bergintrum with Bourg-Saint-Maurice; although he acknowledged that xii, the
distance in the Table between Bergintrum and Alpis Graia, does not fit the
distance between Bourg-Saint-Maurice and l'Hôpital, which is less. Modern
scholarship confirms the identification (see, e.g., Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of
the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Map 17.).
Bourg Saint-Maurice is located on bottom of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard which we climbed this day as well.
We found a little hotel at La Thuile, nearby the Aosta valley.
What Wiki says:
La Thuile is situated in the Alps at the
extreme north-west of the country, close to the French alpine town of La Rosière.
La Thuile is situated along a road going from Pré-Saint-Didier in the north-west up to
St Bernard Pass in the south-east linking Italy to Bourg-Saint-Maurice and the Isère
Valley in France.
3rd day of ride:
Starting at La Thuille, we have been climbing the Col San Carlo.
A hidden beautity.
Aosta valley has been a rather long downhill...
Saving energy for the next climb: the Grand Saint -Bernard.
What Wiki says:
Great St. Bernard Pass (Fr. Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard, It. Colle del Gran
San Bernardo) (el. 2469 m.) is the third highest road pass in Switzerland. It connects Martigny in the Canton of
Valais in Switzerland to Aosta in Italy. It
is the lowest pass lying on the ridge between the two highest summits of the Alps, Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa. The pass itself is located in
Switzerland in the canton of Valais, very close to Italy. It is located on the
watershed that separates the basin of the Rhone from that of the Po.
Great St. Bernard is the most ancient pass through the Western Alps, with evidence
of use as far back as the Bronze
Age and surviving traces of a Roman road. In 1800, Napoleon's army used the pass to enter Italy, an event
depicted in Jacques-Louis David's Napoleon at the Saint-Bernard
Pass and Hippolyte Delaroche's Bonaparte Crossing the Alps,
both notable oil paintings. Having been bypassed by easier and more practical
routes, particularly the Great St Bernard Tunnel which opened in
1964, its value today is mainly historical and recreational.
Straddling the highest point of the road, the Great St
Bernard Hospice was founded in 1049. The hospice later became famous for its
use of St. Bernard
dogs in rescue operations.
A never ending climb...
A rather long downhill leaded us back to Martigny.