Lynn's comment should be taken seriously: check the weather forecast for your intended route. I was contemplating heading down via Innsbruck, but the forecast for the Brenner pass for Friday is a high of 2C, a low of -4C, and snow. A route down through Switzerland to Lugano may be okay; further west, the route Google prefers goes via Chamonix and past Mont Blanc: a high of 2 and a serious low of -9C on Friday, with rain and snow. I may well decide to be a wimp, blast down the autoroute via Lyon and Chambery and aim to get close to Turin for my evening stop.
Jon C, Jonny P and JB have also re-routed. We were going the Chamonix route, overnighting in Aosta but it is snowing around Chamonix / Mont Blanc with a huge dump expected over the next couple of days. According to a buddy who lives in Zurich, it is snowing hard there now.
We are now going down toward Lyon then turning right for Chambéry and following the valley toward Turin and then SM.
Sunshine and showers with temps at around 13C. Turin is 19C and sunny.
Jonny P - if you don't hear from JON12A, he has cancelled the Aosta room (I phoned the hotel and they allowed free cancellation) and I have re-booked us 3 rooms at the Serendipity Hotel in Oulx.
Sorry I've got to drop out. Just been taken in for an emergency tooth extraction.
Face is too swollen to do my helmet up. I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself.
On the plus side Saturday night at the Titano is paid for if any one wants the
room and breakfast.
If I owe any money for the meal or parking let me know and i'll settle up.
Hi All, if I arrive early enough I will plan on meeting you at the top instead of riding the cable car. My plans are to leave early enough tomorrow afternoon to minimize significant traffic delays through the Gotthard tunnel, spend the night at my son's apartment in Lugano and then head to San Marino. Weather forecast south of the Alps on Saturday looks great.
Recovery company picking me up in morning on the way to bike shop. Snow here this morning but it's cleared now. Forecast rain tomorrow. I'm 10 miles from Mont Blanc tunnel in Courmeyeur. Had to change hotels as 1st one closed today as its the end of the winter season. Summer season starts 1st June. It's a bank holiday here too. Yes scottoiler but I think I lost track of he age of the chain
Good run back from SM, woke up at 3am so decided to make tracks then. Calais Ibis for the night and caught an early tunnel this morning. Well done Michael for organising. Enjoy your extended holiday Phil. I hope to make Andorra in October.