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... hill, pretty nippy today with low cloud cover. We got back to Allemont by decided to stop for an ice cream then do a lap around the lake. Quiet afternoon with showers and a load a smelly washing, then we went out for dinner as we have no gas to cook with. We both had pasta in bolognaise sauce. Mat found a rock climbing wall which he was pretty happy ...
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 ...
... I mean race!
A few of the guys were really hung over from the night before, especially young Jed who had too much Tequila on his 18th birthday.
After breakfast I grabbed my sketchbook and pens and walked around town looking for another quiet spot with something interesting to draw/paint. I found another typically rustic Alpe chalet in a side street....this looks good so here we ...
... not in the forecast.
We unloaded the vans about 7 miles from the start of the climb. Our whole group, all dressed in our new Thompson jerseys, jumped on the road. As we pulled up to the start of the climb thousands of cyclist and thousands of fans were heading up the mountain to find their spot to watch the race. The first 1.5 miles of the climb are pretty steep with an avg of 10% incline. To give you some perspective, 10% is approximately the pitch of the hill ...