WOW – when the house got struck by lightening a few months ago (one hell of a lights exploding, fuse-board melting and ear-splitting bang affair) we didn’t think that we’d never be online in that house again – but that’s exactly what happened!
So it’s no surprise that things have been more than a little quiet on the blog front of late.
Cut to the beginning of October and we’ve moved house (to Chamonix), Nikki is about to burst with our 2nd bambino and I’m finally finding enough time to get back out on the bike again.
We’ve been here for a couple of weeks now and I’ve managed a good few exploratory rides in/around the valley and so far I’m very pleased with what I’ve found (I had worried that there wouldn’t be enough riding in the immediate vicinity and that I’d have to travel further or ride for longer in order to reach some descent trails).
Here’s a shot of the mountains (taken from just outside the house) as I set-off on my ride yesterday (after a light dusting of early snow):
I rode up the valley towards Argentière before heading uphill and onto the Petit Balcon Sud, following it (great single-track!) for a while as it passed Chamonix on it’s way down the valley. I finally dropped down back into the valley a little below Chamonix and then heading up the road back home.
Here’s a sneaky shot through the persistent cloud cover of the Dru:
Once into the forest things turned ‘real purdy’ (and in places is really technical – just how I like it!):
Finally I dropped back down the the valley bottom and followed the river back towards town:
Though I might not have too long left before the snow stops play for the winter (well, to an extent but I’m very keen to give the fat-bike a try on the snow!) I’m very pleased with my new playground and already can’t wait for spring and more trail fun!