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First passes

July 23th / Macon-Trun: 482 km

Today is real start. I met yesterday Guillaume and his 600 Fazer, and we'll do the whole trip together.

After one hour we are riding on the first passes and see the wild landscapes of Ain valley and Berthiand pass.

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Vallée de l'ain

Then, in order to avoid industrials valleys, we ride on highway from Nantua to Saint Gervais, the one with bridges ans tunel everywhere, which could quite make me enjoy riding on wide roads.

Then we arrive in Chamonix, from where we can see Mont-Blanc.

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Le Mont Blanc depuis Chamonix

Then Argentière, Montets pass, and we arrive in Switzerland. After Forclaz pass, we have a boring afternoon in valleys, with very hot weather and traffic. Thanks god, we begin rising a little and soon reach the foot of one of the most famous Swiss passes, Furkapass.

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Col du Furkapass

And the little river you can see here above is Rhone.

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Le rhone au Furkapass

His source is just here, in the glacier. Hey, don't forget you need 15 mins to cross it with a ferrie in Camargue !!

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Glacier du rhone

After a few kilometers and amazing hairpins, we reach the summit.

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Sommet du Furkapass

And we go to the second impotant pass of the day, Oberalppass. On our way, we cross Rhine, just after his source. Don't forget that you need 15 mins to...Well, here is the oberalppass summit with its charming cow.

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Sommet de l'Oberalppass

We just have to find a very quite camping.

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camping 'paisible'

And tomorrow, to Italy (Which just won world cup..if I have any problem, head kick !! )