After leaving our Best Western Hotel just outside Troyes, checked out some of the local roads in the “Parc naturel régional de la Forêt d'Orient” (Large forest, to You & Me) and fuelled up 'cheaper' before hitting the French Motorways again to get some distance under the wheels:
Top down of course, but soon seeing the temperature in the low 30's.
To avoid 'Lyon', We left the 'A42/E661' at junction 8 and took the 'D1504' heading for 'Belley'
With a minor diversion on some back roads, leading to a previous found picnic stop that We'd came across last year.
Then over the 'Col du Chat' for a view of the lake just north of 'Chambery' (Lac du Bouret)
On re-joining the 'A43/E70' heading into the Alps is where the temperature peaked at 38'c, still top down if course - You just have to remember how cold and wet a British Winter can be, to realise why the top stays firmly packed away in the boot... (But do cheat, with a bit of Aircon re-circulating cold air around the feet, when required...!!) Though the down side of this ‘Hot, top down driving’, is the Red Wine, that is stored behind the drivers seat had been turned into Mulled Wine..!!
Once again avoiding 'Grenoble' by driving over the 'Col du Glandon - D927/D526'
Though a lot slower route, has to be done on a sunny summers evening :-)
The final destination for our second night was the ski resort of 'Alpe-d’ Huez' and My Chief Navigator/Partner Carole said on arrival, if I had two tails, they'd both be wagging after all the hair-pin bends to get up their..!!
That was another 352 mile, 8 hours of driving day, but mpg dropped to 28mpg due to the top down driving & mountain passes....