Kerouac, I discovered my apron with the 2010 Tour de France printed on the front. It is very sentimental as that was the year we came to Paris in July to watch the last stage on the Champs Elysees. It was also a train ride to Longjumeau to watch the start of the proceedings for the final stage into Paris. I notice that in 2018 they will be cycling through: Bourg Les Valence, Mende, Bagneres-de-luchon, and Pau. These towns ware also on my 2010 apron. I am thinking about next year in France and my desire to still drive along the Canal Du Midi ( boating a short stretch might be possible)if someone else is at the helm, but I am very keen to go back to South Western France and make a trip into Andorra. All pie in the sky at the moment but I'm doing some research in the meantime. I was quite pleased to see how good the train and bus links are between cities down here. .
The Tour Downunder riders go past my street twice, all the razz-me-tazz is 500 metres from my door. My city goes crazy as the teams take over our streets. Tod, I'll see if I can find a tea towel to send you.
Travel! Set out and head for pastures new[br] Life tastes the richer when you’ve road worn feet.[br]Ibn Battuta[br]
Questa you lucky gal. I am stuck to my TV every afternoon when the Tour is on. I would treasure a momento and will reciprocate with something traditional! Kerouac - I wish I could be there but not likely as our holiday is more or less geared for September. I have always had a desire to drive up or down one of those steep zig-zag mountain passes just for the hell of it. I saw that the tallest bridge in the world is near Millau. What an awesome feeling that would be to drive from one end to the other.
So, the Tour de France started today. That is very nice with the FIFA World Cup underway but with the final matches scheduled several days apart. That gives some of us something to do when there are no football games.
Christopher Froome is already in trouble, both morally and physically.
They reduced the number of riders this year, thinking that it would reduce the number of accidents. Not so far! The weather has been perfect and they have been colliding or running off the road just like they always have.
I had a few errands to do this afternoon, but when I realised that today is the arrival at Alpe d'Huez, I knew I had to stay home and watch television. Dutch cyclist Kruijswijk is well ahead of everybody so far. Is he really from a flat country?
Serious cyclists go to high or mountainous places to train. Cyclists come to Oaxaca for that reason, for example. As you point out, cyclists from a flat country are at a disadvantage when cycling at high altitude.