Setting off from Camping de Savel as two very happy motorhomers, more accepting of certain past issues and with a renewed excitement about the future after our unplanned 8 night stay, we headed towards Gap to solve a more practical problem - restocking our fresh supplies. Following the Route Napoleon, we arrived in Gap spoiled for choice with shopping options (it appears Organic is very popular in this area). After a quick resupply, we continued to make use of our ACSI discount card at Camping Alpes Dauphine before the summer high season officially started. My energy levels were still unstable, particularly as the temparatures reached 36C, so the benefit of being able to spread out on a camping, with the bonus of a cool pool allowed the recovery to continue. Rested, we left 3 days later, stopping in Gap to shop for some modifications to our motorhome and bike set-up before starting our long awaited journey back to the mountains of the French Alps.
Several hours later and slightly regretting choosing a Saturday to do our shopping we sat and had our dinner in a shaded area of the Gap motorhome aire. Although tired, we set off for Guillestre following the road from Gap to Briancon. This was a particularly stunning route which also passed along Lac de Serre Poncon. Lined by mountains and forests, it was a pleasure to travel. Soon we'd arrived at our choosen camping and the friendly lady on reception helped us find a particularly good spot just by the river. We took the opportunity provided by the setting to relax and unwind from our busy day shopping Gap as the daylight was fading and just revel in being back in the mountains.
Camping Alpes Dauphine, 3km from Gap lay just off the Route Napoleon (the route Napoleon had used upon his epic return from the island of Elba in 1815) and just outside of the Ecrins National Park - a place that held fond memories for us of our hiking adventures last year. But the Ecrins would have to wait for now as we continued our rest-up at the camping. Arriving a bit hot and bothered from the journey and stop off at the shops in the rising afternoon temperature, we were greeted by Cyril, which immediately changed our mood. Cyril was travelling with his brother Bob and was very kind to share his itinerary and hear about ours. After officially checking-in and taking a much needed dip in the pool to cool off, we headed over to Cyril and Bob's Mazda Bongo and full outdoor set-up and spent a lovely evening being entertained and inspired by the pair.
Dan was enjoying the opportunity to perfect his running bomb when he had the chance whilst the pool was empty early morning!).
|Driving along towards Savines-le-lac|
|Lac de Serre Poncon|
|Back ni the mountains!|
|Settling into camping at Guillestre after a long day in Gap|
|Pretty Peacock at camping Alpes Dauphine|