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I had arrived in Grenoble the previous evening, lugging my bike in its box from the plane to the TGV train. As it turns out, that was the right idea; there would have been no place to put a constructed bike on the train, despite the little bicycle logo that appeared on the RailEurope web page. Still no idea what that meant.
|Looking west from D1090, north of Grenoble|
|Streets of Grenoble|
From the map, the D1090 road looked like a good choice to head north up the valley. There's a parallel highway, so I thought it would be pretty quiet. Not so. There was a ton of traffic, but it was always polite. And since it was normally small cars (not SUVs or pickup trucks), there was plenty of room. Nonetheless, when I came across a winding little bike path, I took it.
At some point I decided that I would ride up to Pontcharra, then approach Allevard from the north, taking the long way 'round the hill between the main valley and Allevard. So I got back on D1090 and headed north. When I got to Pontcharra I rode around the whole town twice, trying to find a suitable place for a sweaty rider to get something meaningful to eat. I ended up at the supermarket, buying a packaged sandwich.
|The church at St. Maximin|
Having rounded the hill, the I descended into Allevard. I didn't know what to expect, having just picked a hotel out of booking.com in complete ignorance. The town itself was perfect, with a nice square surrounded by cafes and a suitably imposing church. The hotel was in a very old building, but was fine; the worst part was that I had to wait until 6 PM to check in.
|The square in Allevard|
Dinner was down the road at Les Trianons, and was spectacularly great.