Leaving Le Boréon… heading to……..Italy! The adventure begins in the Mercantour Park, and riders then head off to drop down to the Mollières valley, with its feel of isolation and mystery. At the Col de Mercière, the ski station at Isola 2000, and Piedmont, in Italy, are just a stone’s throw away. The “red lakes”, and the geology visible there, illustrate the natural wealth of the geology of the area and lead on to the “Parco Alpi Marittime”, the hunting territory of the King Emmanuel II. The paved approach to the Questa Refuge at 2288m and the abundance of flora and fauna is a great precursor to a night under the stars. The following day is a slow descent toward your overnight at the thermal baths in Valdieri. On the way, a break might be enjoyed at one of Victor-Emmanuel’s hunting lodges (now renovated to be a lodging). The thermal complex goes back to the first half of the 16th century. In 1588, the town created the first baths, which were frequently used in 1755 by King Charles Emmanuel III. The sulphur rich water is a warming 34 degrees and the generous dinner at the hotel helps you to recover after two days of riding. On the last day, the border crossing is via the “Fremamorte”, in the shadow of Mount Argentera at 3400m, where you can enjoy the treeless landscape and turquoise lakes. The end of the adventure is via the Mollières valley and the Col de Salèse.