Ten and a Half Things I find weird in the US

Free refills. I like this one. I think it’s cool. I hate how drinks in Romanian restaurants come most often in a 0.25L bottle. I find 0.25L bottles absurd. But I also don’t have a weight problem. If I did, sticking to 0.25L would seem wise. Especially since common sugar free drinks are packed with caffeine – gotta put something addictive in there, otherwise you won’t make it as a Continue…

Biking le Tour du Mont Blanc – Jour 5

Day 5 Final day of my Tour du Mont Blanc. The route for today: a long 1400m descend, a 600m climb and then the final 600m descend into Chamonix Valley. Will the MTB gods be good today as well? Apparently not. That long descend was first too steep, technical and rocky to be ridden. It then turned into a road (still steep and rocky, would be a difficult climb on Continue…

Biking le Tour du Mont Blanc – Jour 4

The last hard day, with 2000 m of climbing (and 1500 m descending) in just 30 km. Mais les dieux du VTT étaient bons aujourd’hui (yes, VTT is MTB in French – vélo tout terrain). Despite three climbs done almost exclusivity alongside the bike, both of today’s descends were bikeable! Can’t believe it! The second descend was actually quite easy – nothing technical, just go straight down. Went through one Continue…

Biking le Tour du Mont Blanc – Jour 3

A buffet breakfast in a remote place almost 2100 m above sea level is a great way to start the day. Reached the high point of my tour – Grand Col de Ferret, ~2550m. Not the view I expected though. This is also the border between Switzerland and Italy. Arrivederci Svizzera! Had some very good mountain biking (km 10-20 in the Strava track). Mostly level trail, good quality, great views. Continue…

Biking le Tour du Mont Blanc – Jour 2

After having ridden the cable car all day yesterday, I feel like today is the first day of proper biking. Started with the descend to Trient, followed by several ascents and descents, that I’ve lost track. What I can say is I’ve ridden (or pushed my bike) on all types of surfaces, but the main one was steep gnarly rocky rooty trail. And yes, I’ve pushed my bike up and Continue…