We eventually arrived at the Elio Services in Steenvoorde together with the Luxembourg entrants in their Dolly Sprint, call it timing! After filling up the car we only had to wait for some 25 minutes before the first of the London starters arrived. Sadly though Ellis' Red Bus had already dropped out of the event so there was no (official) road book, stickers etc. for us. After a short chat with several of the other crews we set of on the first leg of our journey.
After filling the car up and having something resembling breakfast we set of for the mountains. Shortly after the service station, at Cluses to be precise, we left the motorway and turned onto the D119. From here on it was mountain roads all the way to Aosta in Italy. Just before sunrise we reached the top of the Col de la Colombière which was a rather beautiful moment;
So time to get the hood down and enjoy the glorious weather;
After the Col de la Colombière the weather turned out be gorgeous. As a few pictures say so much more than words;
After coming down the Col de Aravis we were meant to take a small road onto the Col du Pré, but we missed that one and took the road over the Col du Méraillet instead. While going up this pass we were held up slightly by a rather slow local in a blue Citroën Xsara, but luckily he soon turned into a side road.
So I was slightly annoyed when, after taking some pictures on top of the pass, this blue Xsara passed us just as I wanted to pull out into the road again. But after only a few meters it was clear that this wasn’t the same car. The driver clearly had some local knowledge, as he was hurtling the car flat out down the mountain. Jolly good fun to stick to his tail!
And before we knew it we were over the Col du Petit Saint Bernard and into Italy. As we were even more ahead of the schedule now, we decided to take the S26 to Aosta instead of the A5. From there on it was straight sailing over the A5/A4/A26 into Dormelletto were we checked into the hotel just past midday.