the life of a nomadic bike racer is oh so glorious. hahaha. I bet those who know me well are laughing at all the car travel I am doing lately. Heck, i never even owned a car for fear that i would have to travel in it (that and I promote bikes as transportation.)
BEFORE I FORGET, I ADDED PHOTOS BELOW IN MY PREVIOUS BLOG!!!!!!
The drive here was exceptional. NOW i can fully appreciate why people choose to live in France. It is now my favorite country in terms of breathtaking views. I am also privately in love with Gap. It is a combination of Leuven (where i live in belgium) with its quaint cafes and downtown area, and Mill Valley, my other 'home' in CA where I have spectacular views everywhere i turn.
Anyway, mimi and I arrived at the Ligue Du Centre De Football for the night. Her team is staying here for the duration of the race while i meet my team this evening.
I LOVE where i am staying at the moment, though. This huge complex hosts visiting teams, offering them housing, meals, fields to play in. AND the rooms are warm. Mimi has no heat in her apartment so that was a bit tough for me considering anything under 23 degrees C (about 70 F) is butt cold for me. Staying in this complex with us is the National Football Team from a French Island called Reunion. The girls are all 16 and absolutely adorable. As soon as they found out i spoke english, they used their finest english on me - hello, enjoy your meal, have a nice day, can we help you.
My first ride here was rather perfunctory. I just rode the local roads to loosen up the legs after a long trip in the car. Mimi opted to sit this one out, so i was alone - just me and my new ipod tunes. The best part of the ride was how i was received by the locals. Everyone waved hi and the cars really made an active effort to give me room and/or right of way.
We leave in a few minutes for our training ride. Then it is back to the room for showering, leg elevation and my favorite time of the day - EATING!!!!
My next posting will be Monday.
Thanks again to all those who have been sending your kind and amusing thoughts to my blog and to my personal email.