Report # 19, June 30 to July 2
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WORLD TOUR 2003-2012
EUROPEAN TOUR 2007
May 3rd to July 11th
Following is a brief summary of the teams activities from June 30th to July 2ndJune 30th
We had decided to all go together on our bicycle today and leave the Mercedes Vito at the Inns parking lot. We left at 8h30 and returned at 17h00 after 190 km.We completed a most pleasurable ride all around Leman Lake under ideal conditions. Light winds, light clouds, light traffic on this Saturday, and the best of all, we were all together and very proud of this record day of our whole run so far. Michel, closing our platoon, felt like the Pope, distributing blessings to his flocks. Helen reminded him that the Pope Mobil has no pedals!!
True story on bikes:
After two hours around the lake we lost our way somehow. We hailed at a young 63 years old cyclist who not only got us straighten out but accompanied us for 25 km pointing at the wonders of the area. A true road angel.
The hart touching event of the day:
Actually there were three; circling Leman lake , going almost 200 km, and living through uninterrupted great pleasures, going from Switzerland to France and back , following the Rhone river and letting the various perfumes take our mind away.
Today, the Lords Day, we mainly traveled to Mulhouse and only pedaled 15 km through town to our Youth hostel. We are needed to wash, eat and rest in preparation of an approximate 100 km tomorrow. In the evening we went back to town, 6 km each way to help digest our heavy dinner.
True story on bikes: Someone managed to write obscene graffiti aimed at police on our improvised license plate that we had protected with waxed paper.
The hart touching event of the day: We met an off-track champion on the steps to St-Stephen Church. He seemed to be a mountain bike bum that had sacrificed everything to his hobbies including his last girl friend. He has been a France wrestling champion also. He is planning his own Tour de France and thinks that his bicycles mean freedom. He might settle down but it may not be for a while.
The challenge of the day: Keeping the light on in an 8 sleeping people dormitory to write your next day news release!
With our last days' performance and todays 103 km we shall go to sleep tonight at a mere 101, 5 km from our 4219, 5 km objective...... We followed a canal from Mulhouse to Colmar, a most pleasant detour. We hit some light rain after a while but were not really annoyed by it. We had some nicely warm air with a reasonable face wind. No hills no pass to go through, a straight road with light traffic made the day enjoyable.
In the evening we had our choucroute dinner at Pfeffel, a 30 minutes walk from our Inn. The Alsace wines are very well known namely;