September 17, 2014

Nice to Menton

Yesterday, did I write something about thinking the riding part of my trip was over? Who me?

This morning found me climbing up to the high route across the corniches, then descending to Menton, within a few kilometers of the Italian border. It was a decent climb up from the city. I stopped at overlook to see Nice from above.




The road kept climbing, heading to Col d'Eze. It was a hazy morning, and the sky and sea actually did merge far in the distance, nearly obliterating any horizon line.


There are three other roads that cross the coast to Italy, all are bigger and busier, this one best for bikes. And it was a pretty route. My main goal was more to ride through the corniches, with their high views of the Mediterranean than to visit Menton, though it is a beautiful place. The col wasn't too much further after the lookout over the sea.



After several more kilometers Monaco was below


It was a fast descent off the corniche, and often exposed. Guess I was concentrating hard enough that I forgot to stop for photos. Or rlse they failed to take. In Menton, I wanted to turn right, and ride just one block to the coast, but my way was blocked by this


For those who can't read it, essentially it says Detour: filming. Funny, huh?

Menton was as pretty as its reputation. Lots of palm trees, pastel buildings, a uniform kind of architecture that is very pleasing.


Italy


The wind!


You can see that it was very windy. I never had an intention of reclimbing those hills, certainly not in that wind, so I took the train back. It was sometimes beautiful, right along the coast, and sometimes dark, making use of many tunnels.