Le Tour de France

Wow so my lifelong dream to see the Tour de France is now complete. I was at the first turn no more than 50 yards from the starting line to watch the beginning of the first stage of the Pyrenees in Toulouse France. The crowd was bustling with enthusiasm, fans from all over the world drape their flags over the barriers to the route and show their enthusiasm for their fellow countrymen competing, camera men everywhere and people pressed in to find a spot to catch a glimpse of the riders as they go by. They have a parade of the sponsors about an hour or more before the beginning of the race with all sorts of schwag or vendor trash being handed out to everyone.

Right now I’m back in Paris couchsurfing for three days with Nils a German that is subletting a place in the suburbs and has been a great host.

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6 thoughts on “Le Tour de France

  1. We salute you, O bearded son, man of God. What a journey!
    Love, your favorite Mom.

  2. I think I forget how long your beard is when you are gone. I am re-amazed when I see your picture and the beard therein.

  3. I see a French ZZ Top cover band in the works. Now, you just need a beardless guy on drums.

  4. Dude! Awesome pictures! It’s funny how hair can attract and repel people so easily. Something so simple as hair. I guess it just depends on where and how much. Much like cheese. Your Frenchmen with the beard reminded me of The Return of the Pink Panther where Inspector Jacques Clouseau dresses up as the telephone repairman and fixes the door bell from, “the ringing.” Have fun! Take care!

  5. I can’t decide which I like more, you in the mirror of a car, or the guy with the admirable beard saluting. As Megan noted, your beard continues to be more and more amazing with each day.

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