Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hello from France!

Getting to Toulouse really didn't feel like it took that long. I think it helped that the guy next to me on the Atlanta to Paris flight is actually going to be on the same bike tour I'm going on. Weird coincidence. Anyway, he's from Columbia (Game-chicken fan, but I can look past that) and has been on six different bike trips in Italy and France. So, I was actually able to get some good info on what to expect from him.

Once in Paris I had to wait 3 hours for my flight to Toulouse. Saw Dikembe Mutumbo while waiting though. He's tall.

Once in Toulouse, I crashed at the hotel for a few hour nap, watched the end of today's tour stage (complete with French commentary), explored some cool cathedrals here, then met up with Joe and some other folks, who are going on the bike tours as well, he'd tracked down for dinner.

Overall, most of the riders are guys in their late 40's to early 60's and in great shape. So far, I've met two people riding younger than me. Shouldbe interesting. Met one former pro (from the 70's) who'd riding with Trek as well.I'll give you all an update on my comparative fitness after our first ride tomorrow. Here's a hint : not good. Anyway, looks like it should be a really good time.

Bye for now.