In the forested section below, the road is mostly straightforward, but higher up and it twists and turns the way good mountain roads so often do.
|One can just make out the La Mongie Ski station at the center of the picture.|
At the top, there are placards and monuments announcing the history of the place, as well as a souvenir shop selling jerseys and other trinkets.
|The Octave Lapize memorial at the top.|
The clouds were rolling in as we descended, and a couple of hours later, the area erupted with violent thunderstorms bringing hail the size of sugar cubes. We were both very glad to be sheltered and eating at a fine restaurant by this time.