Saturday, 11 July 2015

Tour de France ...and possibly other places too

Hello my friends....*waves to Mr Frankie and Mr Ernie and promises to get on to their blog to read it asap*....there was great excitement last weekend because the Tour de France was starting and you know how much the typist likes his cycling...so on Saturday morning, just ahead of the professionals, we set off on the Tour de Clapton.....

....we got up at 7am....and given the serious nature of the day's route i demanded that we took the special front-mounted bag so i could keep an eye on the route via our little yellow navigation computer....and we keep the jelly babies in here too...

....we stopped every now and again to have a jelly baby...they are good for cyclists because they are a little sugar shot for instant energy on a hot day and can be easily gobbled down whilst on the move...we stopped to take this photo for safety reasons...

....we cycled out of Surrey and in to Kent and eventually all the way to Tunbridge Wells....that's about 42 miles from our house...we went to investigate their shiny new cycleshop-cum-cafe called The Velo House....they have very nice espresso...and tables which have maps of the area printed on them for navigation tips....

....we calibrated out sat nav so we knew we were on the right route home....we wanted to try going up the fearsome Yorks Hill...a very steep local mountain .....we do like a challenge when we are on the bike but some of these places can be hard to find as they are quiet little lanes in the middle of nowhere....we had done this once before but on a very windy and rainy day and at the end of a long ride and he was interested to see if it was quite as bad as he remembered...

....but we made sure to sample the warm date and banana bread with cinnamon butter before we left...two slices...perfect......fule is very important for cyclists....

....it was lovely and sunny and we got a tremendous view of Kent as we left Tunbridge Wells.....

....and we did find Yorks Hill...and we did get up it...and it was VERY hard...but he did set a personal best time...a whole 1 minute quicker than last time....and we eventually had to stop and rest tired legs....and by the time we got home we had cycled 88 miles and climbed almost 6,000ft ....this was quite tough on some members of the team on a hot and windy day....navigation was faultless i should add....

....Miss Lola had restricted her day to finding shade in the garden because she is badly in need of grooming and her coat is like that of a polar bear...

....although she was happy to help us watch the actual Tour de France later in the afternoon.....

....on Monday I decided to accompany the typist on one of his European trips....this time to Dusseldorf in Germany....we started out early...but I don't think that is any excuse for him making me come out with bed-fur....

LOOK! I am out in London with fur like THIS!...its embarrassing....

...our tips these days are like a wire-curling contest...how many devices are we travelling with?....

...fist stop Brussels....I enjoyed going to our meeting in a Mercedes ....good quality sun-puddling....

...but afterwards...OH DEAR...we missed our train to Dusseldorf thanks to traffic...the driver said it was because of the Tour de France coming across Belgium!!...oh the irony

...so while he worked a bit at the station i tried to relax and plan ahead....

.....I was very happy to finally reach the hotel and sort out my fur......

...and the following day I was CEO Dog....someone has to be in charge on days like this.....

....these European trips can be a bit daunting....so many countries in so few days...you don't know which way to turn.......

...but i was happy to receive a message from Miss Lola letting me know she had finally found a groomer with an open appointment and had her fur done...she is happy to be cooler....

.....but i was rushing about in Germany with the temperature over 100 degrees....

....and was only able to finally cool down when we got back to Brussels that evening....who's had the Toblerone?

...that was my week pals...and tomorrow we head off for two days in France...I wish it was to watch the cycling but it isn't...*sigh*....

Clapton...somewhere in Europe...le woof

7 comments:

  1. OMD WARM date and Banana Bread with Cinnamon Butter???? We would have been in HEAVEN...
    We have been watching the TOUR on TV... Looking fur our FUREND CLAPTON.... We didn't know you had your OWN tour going on... THAT is amazing... We are thrilled that you found a good cool down spot.. and that a Groomer (SHIVER) was found...
    OMD you take us on the BESTEST Adventures... THANKS BUDDY..
    PeeS... we are GLAD that there were no big CRASHES in the TOUR de CLAPTON... like in the Tour de France thingy. Wouldn't want you to be hurt.

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  2. What great trips - you looked very cool in the fridge :-)

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  3. Woof! You sure do get about a bit! I bet you're glad to get home and have a nice rest after all that excitement.

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  4. OMCyou and your typist cycled 88 miles? M just fainted. That is a lot of miles. Comgratulations on that accomplishment. That is awesome.

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  5. Mr Clapton you have been a busy bee and travelling lots! Well done to Typist for that mammoth cycling day, I'm sure you kept him going with encouragement and feeding him jelly babies! Miss Lola looks so cute indeed... Woofs, Mr Barney

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  6. Oh 100 dogrees, can we have some, we are -3 dogrees. Glad you all sorted out yer furs. Can't go about looking like that.

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