Tuesday, September 30, 2008
July 11 Bagneres-de-Bigorre to Argeles-Gazost 55 K
I was going to take today off but I needed to put myself closer to Hautacam before my rest day. And Saturday is supposed to be the one bad weather day this weekend. So I plan to take Saturday off and take the local bus to Lourdes to check out this famous pilgrim site and say some prayers. Hey Tim Reidmiller, I'll be praying for you and your family while I sit in church in Lourdes!!! The ride over to Argeles-Gazost was pretty incredible. It rolled, then I had a couple miles of climbing, but then, AWESOME BABY, one of the greatest downhill runs ever. Not for speed, but just sheer coolness. Rolling through villages, looking up at strangely carved mountains. Just cool. So now I'm planted in Argeles-Gazost for the next 4 nights. July 12 I rest and visit Lourdes, July 13 I climb Hautacam and scope out where I'll stand and watch the Tour De France go by and probably ride back through Argeles and climb the Col du Soulor and the Col D' Aubisque, (by the way did I mention that there is the possibility of snow Saturday July 12 in the higher elevations), July 14 I will rise very early to climb Hautacam and try to beat the masses of cycling fans going to the top. The leader of the TDF that day should be passing me about 3:30. Look for me on Versus TV. I'll be the guy in the red shirt with the super goofy grin.
Posted by Mike Simmons at 8:00 AM