With the start of July comes the Tour de France. I have watched it every year for I have no idea how long; at least the last 15-20 years. I’m not sure how or when it started. It was probably sometime in the Lance days. I’m not an avid cyclist by any means. I do love to ride, but I am never consistent enough to make anything of it.
Half the reason I love to watch every year is that I am a major Francophile and while it is a race it is also a travelogue in a sense. There are always things I see on the broadcast that I need to know more about or want to add to the list of places I would love to visit. It could be anything… one of the countless chateaus they fly over, a particular vista or stretch of road, a random detail in the city they are broadcasting from, or even a crazy spectator. Normally I frantically search the internet to find more about these things and then do nothing with the information really.
So this year I thought I would try to do something different. I thought I would attempt to follow along, stage by stage, and write about these interesting tidbits here. Writing about travel doesn’t need to mean that I have been there YET. And who knows maybe someone else will find it interesting or noticed these things as well and would like to know more. And if not, then at least I will know where I put the information.
So let’s see how this goes. I have no idea if I will be able to keep pace. In fact, I doubt it, given that I’m already starting late, but I will attempt to stay as close as possible.
I’m calling it the TDF2019 Travel Along!