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We left our beloved botchy field, filled up with petrol and drove around the corner to Allemont. We hunted again for gas, or some way to make it work, but no luck. Again. Not very happy! Not only with the gas, but also troubles with the fridge and 12V powerpoints. Baguette for lunch, set up the van with electricity and went for a walk. Cold and rainy this afternoon, but still able to wander through the town of Allemont. A nice quiet rest day ...
Anyway, I had plenty of time so I carefully drove down the mountain and off to Grenoble.
TGV to Paris now in time to catch the end of the last stage of the TdF.
As usual the TGV ride was quick, quiet and on time. Arrived in Paris with enough time to dump my stuff at the Hotel St Germain des Pres and head off to the Champs Elysees.
Last year Sue and I snuck in via a back door entry into the Arc de ...
... stage..........the French are in raptures!
The pub we had been going to every night prior to dinner ran out of beer so we had to drink with the drunken Dutchies up the road.....are these guys ever sober on Alpe d'Huez?
Shelly cooked up a great Beouf Bourginon for dinner.
Quiet night tonight everyone is too tired.
Tomorrow we all say farewell to Alpcycles and Alpe d'Huez
... Jed had the bottle to keep up with Barda and so Rasheed had to part with a wad of 10 x 50 Euro notes. Jed was as pleased as punch. Rasheed didn't care....tells me there's plenty more where that came from. I might wager him about Port Power winning the grand final.....and take 500 Euros too!!
After dinner tonight we all ventured out into the main drag. The Luxembourgois up the street have a massive PA fired up plus a laser light and smoke system.....party's on.
... going to climb 6,000 vertical feet. The majority of this route was going to follow the same route the pro riders were going to be doing in the afternoon.
We had about a 30 min van ride into the town of St Jean de Maurienne. From here we unloaded our vans and began our ride. Since the Tour was coming through the town we had to ride on some sidewalks and dodge pedestrians due to so many road closures. After a super short 1/2-mile warm-up it was time to climb. Today we ...