Tuesday, July 14, 2009

From Tourmalet to the Rest Day in Lourdes

Today is the first rest day of the 2009 Tour de France. After nine fully-packed stages, it is really nice to be able to take a day off and just kick it by a river in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. We are tired. Unfortunately, we are going to have to backtrack a bit, so the day will not be as restful as we hoped. We -- well, I suppose that would be me -- left part of the rental car (a long metal pole with a canvas sheet which covers the luggage compartment) in Montpellier. I don't think Avis would be too pleased if we showed up in Paris without it.

As part of this post, Liam and I are including three links to new videos. The first is a link to a video shot by Trek Bikes who caught up with us in Andorra, and the other two are new Father/Son race reports.

From here, we will head back up to the border of France and Switzerland. From this region in the Alps, we will continue to blog about our adventures as we wait for the Tour de France to come through in a few day's time.

Two new Father/Son video reports:

Rest day report from Lourdes, France http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3y8xbGKF_Q


  1. Great report; Liam you looking fit, the pictures from Lourdes a Summer breeze. Ride safe !

  2. Hey Bill - missed you guys in the Pyrenees. We climbed the Tourmalet on Friday and then Aspin on race day (Sunday), we watched the tour go by on the aspin about 1 km from the top. Amazing. We are heading over to Provence on the 22nd and are planning on climbing Ventoux on the 23rd. What's your plan next week?