9/29-9/30, 2004. Driving in the Alps.

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The best perk of the Lyon trip is taking an extra day to drive in the Alps. I reached the rental desk at the Part-Dieu train station at roughly 3:00 PM, giving me roughly 40 hours to tour the Alps. In 2002, I did it all in one day -- bus to the airport, rental car, miles and miles of driving, and back to Lyon. I did a pretty extensive tour of the Vercors plauteau, including the poignant museum of the Resistance, and then tried to tour the Alps east of Grenoble, but petered out. This time, I booked a hotel in the Vercors that I remembered from my previous trip, so that I could enjoy the Vercors on Wednesday, and then travel to the haute Alps on Thursday.