We continue through the lush green alpine valley from Villard-de-Lans, St Julien, St Martin and Chapelle-en-Vercors and finally arrive at the car park of Col du Rousset. In winter this is a very popular ski resort.
The view from the top is spectacular. As you can see the descent down the southern side of the Col du Rousset snakes down to the base some 800 metres below where the lavender fields thrive in the drier Mediterranean climate. Sometimes I wish I was a motor bike.