With some sleep I was able to recover my enthusiasm for my Le Tour Adventure. I am getting ready to launch. My stake is to enjoy a once in a lifetime adventue and meet amazing people.
Several people have asked where I will be going. Below is my itinerary. Please provide suggestions for what I might want to see or do along the way. I will not be taking my folding bike, so I will be moving by foot, train and cab/bus. I note the kilometers the Tour de France pros will be riding for each stage.
July 1 – Day One – Flying to London on Air New Zealand
July 2 – Day Two – Arriving in London and taking train to Cambridge; staying at Christ College and walking around town.
July 3 – Day Three – Train to Leeds; meeting up with Trek Travel group at Hotel by 3 p.m. (Now on “Trek Time”)
July 4 – Day Four – Riding with Trek Travel; social events
July 5 – Day Five – Riding with Trek; viewing finish of Stage One, 190.5 km, Leeds to Harrogate
July 6 – Day Six – Riding with Trek; viewing race Stage Two, 201 km, York to Sheffield; travel to London
July 7 – Day Seven – Viewing the Stage Three finish in London; 155 km; Last night with Trek Travel
July 8 – Day Eight – Eurostar train to Lille, France for finish of Stage Four; 163.5 km
July 9 – Day Nine – Stage Five; 155.5 km; start in Ypres?? or finish in Arenberg Porte de Haunait??; lodging in Saint-Nicolas
July 10 – Day Ten – Stage Six; Arras to Reims; 194 km; Finish in Reims
July 11 – Day Eleven – Stage Seven; 234.5 km; Finish in Nancy
July 12 – Day Twelve – Stage Eight; 161 km; Start in Tomblaine?? Finish in Gerardmer?? meeting the WatLoves (Harriet Watson, Brian Lovell and girls) in Mulhouse!
July 13 – Day Thirteen – Stage Nine; 170 km; view finish in Mulhouse
July 14 – Day Fourteen – Stage Ten; 161.5 km; view start in Mulhouse; travel to Lyon
July 15 – Day Fifteen – Rest Day for Cyclists and me; meet up with Thomson Tours in Lyon for Alps spectator tour (from here to Paris I’m on “Thomson Time”); travel to Albertville
July 16 – Day Sixteen – Stage Eleven; 187.5 km; View finish in Oyonnax
July 17 – Day Seventeen – Stage Twelve; 185.5 km; Option to visit Chamonix or find Irish pub in Albertville to watch tour on tv and rest
July 18 – Day Eighteen – Stage Thirteen; 197.5 km; Viewing race from the “Col” (on the mountain)
July 19 – Day Nineteen – Stage Fourteen; 177 km; View the finish from the start in Grenoble
July 20 – Day Twenty – Stage Fifteen; 222 km; Travel to Lyon with Thomson Tours and on to St Lary-Soulan (watch on television)
July 21 – Day Twenty-one – Rest Day; Relax and write in St Lary-Soulan and meet Thomson Tours Pyrenees & Paris spectator tour participants
July 22 – Day Twenty-two – Stage Sixteen; 237 km; View finish in Bagneres de Luchon
July 23 – Day Twenty-three – Stage Seventeen; 124.5 km; view from St Lary-Soulan or take cable car to finish
July 24 – Day Twenty-four – Stage Eighteen; 145.5 km; View on mountain at Hautacam
July 25 – Day Twenty-five – Stage Nineteen; 208.5 km; View start in Maubourguet
July 26 – Day Twenty-six – Stage Twenty; 54 km; Watch time trial on television; travel to Paris
July 27 – Day Twenty-seven – Stage Twenty-one; 137.5 km; Watch finish on Champs-Elysees in Paris; dinner cruise on River Seine
July 28 – Day Twenty-eight – Rest day in Paris
July 29 – Day Twenty-nine – Travel to London on Eurostar; stay at Ampersand Hotel
July 30 – Day Thirty – Quick trip to Imperial War Museum to see new WW1 exhibit (if time permits) and then to Heathrow to fly home
I have ordered a new Rick Steve’s roller bag/backpack and I am borrowing Tevis’ backpack. I will try out both while shopping in Davis and decide which one to take. I bought two excellent Michelin maps in Washington DC. I will take up UK Sarah’s offer to go over the logistics with me. (She speaks French!)
Looking forward to your pointers!
July 14 – Day Fourteen – Stage Ten; 161.5 km; Start in Mulhouse