So I watched Gladiator..on video (how old skool!!) It was as good as I remember ..made me cry but that may have been the wine. Deleted yesterdays blog post by mistake so had to write it all over again. Damn wine.
That pesky wine also gave me a hangover this morning..damn French wine! Don't get hangovers with Spanish wine.. and I have tested that theory many a time. Not a great start to the day, and industrial strength Spanish ibroprufen was called for. Gradually it subsided but was replaced with a big old bag of nerves about the upcoming trip. Without any distraction around to get rid of those I did the only sensible thing and went back to bed. A couple of hours later all good, and even better I looked out the window and the vans were there! Time for some van flaffing to make things all right in the world again. An hour later, two very organised vans and a very relaxed me.
Caught some of Glastonbury on YouTube..I don't envy them the weather and mud. Aside from that today has been about trying to pack one pannier for a whole month on the road..not an easy task, though to be fair I have limited clothes to fill it anyway. Ironically my bag now has more cycling clothes in it than anything else..all for 1 days cycling in the Pico's and a couple of training rides before (need to learn how to use those SRAM gears).
I have had a few people 'complain' that I have not been blogging daily while in France. To be honest it has been incredibly hard to, all waking hours are taken up working plus blogging actually takes quite a bit of effort or a lot of booze.... But to give you an idea of what life is like on a trip I am going to try and write at least a brief description of each day for this upcoming Raid...WiFi allowing. I could start today as we have the luxury of this evening, whereas normally the below would all be done the morning of the trip..so aside from van flaffing, we had a little meeting to run through the transfer logistics. A very important part to get right as they can be quite complicated and obviously the clients first interaction with the company. Tomorrow though its relatively straight forward. Hire bikes have to be sorted, checked and labeled. Money and phones sorted. And generally having a chat to your co-leader about how the week will run and who will have overall responsibility for what.
Last weeks Raid I got the record for flogging off the most Raid jerseys..13 out of 16 finishers bought one. Which has two consequences..that the others are trying now to beat that sell rate, and the other that I will now always be the one responsible for merchandising. I would like to say the 13 sells was due to skill and sweet talking but I think it was more due to bringing out the jerseys on the final day after the clients had had a few celebratory drinks ..timing is everything as they say.