Everyone was dying to get a ride in today so we all got our bikes ready, kitted up and headed out around 5 in the afternoon with 40+ American riders. Let's just say, just because we're in France, doesn't mean Americans are going to stay in the ubiquitous bike lanes. After blocking cars, taking a few wrong turns, and one group even caused a fender bender in a roundabout, the Greenville Crew, aka The Cool Kids (Patrick, Lisa, Courtney, John, Bo, Philip - Court's kick butt French Canadian buddy from Atlanta, Mark - adopted Cool Kid from Laguna Beach, & I) headed back to the Hotel to get away from the craziness! And it was great. We found the hotel with no issues... and Bo and I decided we'd had enough logistical issues for a lifetime much less the past 48 hours and headed to dinner. The rest of the Cool Kids kept going.
one of our many wrong turns earlier took us by the main Place du Capitole - Capital Building. It was a beautiful plaza with lots of cafes and people strolling about so that's where we headed. We found a nice cafe that specialized in Seafood... so of course we had Beef tartar with fries and a salad, along with a heineken, a local red wine, dessert, and espressos. It was wonderful! Our waiter was super nice... no uppity French attitudes... and finally, some relaxation. For the first time we felt like we were in Europe!
So... from about 6:30 - 9... we sat, drank, ate, and enjoyed the people watching. We were surrounded by locals, people following the tour, and other tourists to the region. Oh to have this everyday would be wonderful! As we made our way back to the hotel we found others from our group just heading out to dinner, we gave them our recommendations and carried on back to the hotel... and he were are... bags packed, kits ready for tomorrow... and ready to hit the hay for an early morning and metric century tomorrow along the tour route where we'll climb 3 cols... the last of which is 20 km (12.4 miles)! :-)
Until then... Bon Soir a tutti (whatever phrases I can't complete in French... I tend to finish in Italian! :-) At least we're starting to say Oui instead of Si... a hard habit to break!!!)
- Bo & Nikki