07/15/10- LIVE FROM THE TOUR DE FRANCE-I SUSPECT MOST PEOPLE TRAVEL BETTER THAN I DO. There’s something about those 40+ hour travel days that get to me, especially when they’re “enhanced” by not getting much sleep the night before because you’re concerned you forgot something (which I didn’t, not as near as I can tell, but my son did somehow manage to forget his briefs). That 11 hour flight on a plane, even in a nice seat (and it was a nice seat this time) still leaves me feeling sticky all over within 5 hours or so into the flight, and that air that’s so dry your thoat starts getting sore, and the restlessness from not moving around much… maybe if I had my own private Airbus 380, you know, that double-deckered thing that would let me have a shower, a lot of space to move around (maybe even enough to ride a bike?), and a flight schedule that panders to when I want to fly.
But we did get here, in Toulouse, France, after a second flight from Frankfort. I’d wondered about Frankfort airport, a place my kids said is the worst they’ve ever been to… what could make an airport so bad? Um… where do I start? It’s huge and random and hot and stinky and the Lufthansa equivalent of United’s Red Carpet Club was packed with no seats available and cramped feeling even if it wasn’t full of people thinking they could get away from the rest of the airport for a few minutes. It really makes you appreciate how good we have it out here.
OK, but we’re here to ride, not complain about getting here, and tomorrow (Saturday) we’ll be riding from Toulouse out to a little spot on the map named “Coins” and then perhaps south a bit to “Caraman” where we’ll get to see the interim stage sprint, if the timing works out right. And then Sunday we’re off to Lourdes, spending 5 days in the center of the Pyrenees! That’s what we’re really looking forward to.
In the meantime, we’ve found a good Kabob place right around the corner (perhaps the best inexpensive food you can buy, pretty much without fail?), and there’s a Paul (killer deli/bakery chain) at the train station across the street. So we’re set, and by this time tomorrow we’ll hopefully have some cool pictures to show!