Yesterday was the big day and I have to admit it was a blast.
First, we staked out a much better position than we had two years ago. Instead of standing right at the end of Cours Colbert watching as they came over the bridge, we were on Cours Sully so we saw them as they took the turn. It enabled us to see them a little better and it allowed us to sit in the shade, which is a major consideration when you’re outside in July for a couple of hours.
The majority of people were on the Cours Reynaud at either the café or the Hotel de France, so our area wasn’t super crowded, which was great for those of us trying to score “swag”
First these guys came by selling stuff, but we wanted the freebies that came later.
JM scored a great baseball cap from CL Considering that he used to work for them, he figured he even deserved it!
Some of the cool things came by and didn’t throw stuff, but we enjoyed seeing them anyway.
Too bad they weren’t throwing out samples, since they’re from the Caisse d’Epargne, which is a bank!!
Everyone was happy to get the samples from these guys, because it was lunchtime and we were all hungry!
Unfortunately, my camera battery was low, so I missed a few of the really outrageous Swagmobiles, including one with some very good looking, semi-naked men on it! The were selling detergent, and I am still trying to figure out a: what that had to do with the Tour de France and b: what that had to do with detergent!
Anyway, the Caravan, as it is called, lasted for about 45 minutes, then there was about a 45 minute break, which was perfect timing for us to go home to grab a quick bite to eat, charge up the camera and get back in time for the main event. Those of you who have been reading me for long enough know that two years ago when the Tour came through town, JM missed the actual race because at the last minute my mom decided she needed to go up to the bathroom and before he could get her out of the house, the bikes went by and it was over! This year we told her if she wanted to come and see it, she could walk over herself. But she decided not to bother, so we were in prime position in plenty of time.
One of the people sitting near us was listening to the radio and he was able to tell us where they were, so we could get into position in plenty of time. There was a break away of about five riders who were 10 minutes ahead of the main peloton.
Then, as predicted, 10 minutes later the rest of the gang roared through:
And, that was it. It was all over until the next time they come to town. Maybe you can be here to see it for yourselves.
Ciao for now!
Randy (off to fight over the swag with JM)