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Day 21 : Rest day ..What rest day?

May 12, 2017

So today was meant to be a rest day , a day to catch up on all the admin and to wait for the arrival of James, Jess and Stuart  along with our new butler/ van driver Tim Nicol.

Before I go any further thanks so much to Rob Avery for a sterling weeks work in the van , coping with large numbers of riders , producing large picnics with poulet roti as a speciality. Rob even bought a table for us so we could all dine in style. 

Sad to see Tim Jarvis leave last night - you had a bit of a baptism of fire with two very hard days climbing.

We had looked at what was meant to be tomorrows ride and decided that it would be prudent to do a bit of it today to relieve the pressure on tomorrow. So we decided to embark on the first 17 miles -which happened to be all up hill on the category 1 climb of 1052 meters. The climb went well except the severe head wind we were treated with at the top. The views were spectacular and well done to Mac as this was his longest climb. We should now have a better day of 50 miles with only two large climbs at the end. It all looked so easy on the map.

I am really looking forward to this week as the peloton is made up of family with Katie and Sam joining us at the weekend.

So the bikes are all re fettled, our legs are not as fresh as they could be , but our enthusiasm and determination are still running at 100%. Onwards and unfortunately, very much upwards!

 St Jean Pied De Port  last night

 

 

 At the top of the climb ...

 

 Paul pretending not to look knackered 

 

 Well done Mac !!!

 

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