hi! thinking of touring france in june solo. i want to ride the loire and perhaps burgundy but i'm also really excited to ride a couple of the high cols eg. alpe d' huez, mt. ventoux etc. there is a tour in the lonely planet guide that includes some of these climbs and rates it as "hard-very hard." it doesn't mention, though, if its crazy to attempt these rides no matter what or just with a loaded bike.
aside from alpe d'huez which i think can be made a day trip from the town below, i'm wondering if anyone has attempted/can comment on the difficulty of riding the high cols with a loaded rig.
or if its better to just give in and pay the extra $ to a tour company to haul my stuff around for me.
any other touring suggestions are def. welcome!