So we woke to rain and the prospect of packing away a wet tent. Not very inviting but we just had to get on with it. Before we had finished it stopped raining but not enough to dry the tent.
So, breakfasted, showered and all packed away we headed for Bourg d’Oisans. It was going to be around 90k and we arrived at the final pass of the Col du Glandon to take us over the top and into Bourg d’Oisans only to find it was blocked because of snow! What to do, a sign said all the other passes were blocked too, the Col de la Croix Fer, Col du Telegraphe and the Col du Galibier. There we were about 15 miles from final destination and couldn’t get to it. We thought maybe we could camp where we were,in St Jean de Maurienne and stay there a couple of days and see if we could ride those passes, or as far as we could get and ride the Alpe d’Huez later. However we could only find one campsite in town and that was closed. Our only options then, were to travel south and into Italy and back through the Frejus tunnel or go round to the north via Grenoble. We chose the northern route, another 100k.. !! On the way it started to rain again just to add to our woes.
We finally arrived at Bourg d’Oisans in the rain. Found the campsite and just sat outside, not relishing the prospect of pitching a wet tent in the rain at all. We delayed in the hope of the weather improving by taking a drive up the Alpe for Cyril to get an idea of whats ahead. I don’t think that did much to cheer him up either. It can be a daunting prospect though if you ever get to see it. We came back down and bit the bullet and reluctantly went into La Piscine campsite to enquire about a pitch. The lady in reception was surprised when we said we wanted a pitch for the night, looking at the weather. She said go take a look around and find a pitch. In our wanderings we noticed they had some wooden ‘chalets’ and this was when the brainwave hit me. We would enquire about hiring one for a night. Wasnt too expensive and all of a sudden the world seemed a brighter place. Heating in every room, a bedroom each and cooking facilities and even TV!! So dry and fed and even a free wifi connection we retired after a frustrating kind of day and looking forward, kind of, to riding up the Alpe tomorrow.