Tour de France Exclusive
|July 11, 2004
Odometer: 2200 km
Brand new bottles of $50 perfume smashed on the bathroom floor: 1
Ug, yesterday was ugly
– a classic hurry up to slow down. Tomorrow is the rest day which
will be great but to get there we have to also make the rest day show which
we have to fit in on top of the other normal every day stuff. There’s
also a crew of folks back at the production facility in Norwalk, CT cutting
the PrimeTime and Roadside show and they’ll also cut the rest day
show but they can’t really do it until we give them a show format and
So after yesterday’s stage we had a couple hours drive to the town of
Carnac – it’s kind of off the Tour route but as a coastal town
it’s a good locale for our “rest day”. Dinner finished at
11:30, I chilled for 30 minutes with a cup of tea and then sat in bed and
spent 2 hours writng the rest day show script.
The alarm went off at a
brutal 5:45 a.m. Yuk. Sunday’s are ugly for us as the CBS schmoes
arrive. ‘Nuff said about them. So needless to say we had a 1hr-plus
drive to the finish today for an 8 am crew call. Last week’s time
sheet for me had 80 hours on it! Sounds like it sucks but anything over 40
is overtime – maybe I can treat my bike to some sweet new shiny
things when I get home. Last year my post-Tour treat to myself was a carbon
fiber “wing” kayak paddle. Nothing like shiny new toys to make
it all worth while.
Anyway we have a long
day today and then the opportunity to sleep-in tomorrow. We are in the
Hotel La Diana in Carnac – it’s very nice – great
restaurant and fairly plush rooms. Our crew admin folks – Anne and
Audrey always try to get us somewhere nice for our day off – and boy
do we appreciate it.
Carnac is on the
Atlantic coast. The arm of Brittany points out into the Atlantic and while
Quimper, today’s finish town, is at about the elbow, Carnac is in the
armpit. The “La Diana” is a 4-star hotel on the sea front, as
we say in Blighty. All we have to do tomorrow is get ourselves to the next
day’s finish line town of Gueret. The riders get to fly but
unfortunately that is a good 5-hr drive away so we do get a little
“rest” but the rest part of rest day is a bit of a misnomer.
They are really transfer days. However if I get to sleep on the beach in
Carnac and dangle my toes in the Atlantic for even half an hour I’ll
be a happy camper.
through our trip. We’ve been here 2 weeks tomorrow. It still does my
head in a bit to think that we haven’t even got to the mountains
– the driving there gets extremely interesting. Nothing like getting
off the mountain driving on the wrong side of the road under police escort
to enhance your driving skills.
Apart from that,
everything is going well. We are all in the groove – getting
extremely punchy on the evening drives but having some quite hilarious
laughs in the car with Leslie and Bob.
The show goes on
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