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From Geoff L - Friday, 9th July 2010, 04:24 (GMT)

Woo...fastest downhill racer award.

I remember now....a = m x v.???

Seriously I am impressed.
From denny - Friday, 9th July 2010, 04:59 (GMT)
John, you can't do it all at once, stick to bike riding while in France! Maybe go skiing at a later date!! Cheers love denny
From - Friday, 9th July 2010, 09:37 (GMT)
The only thing missing is the polka dot nicks, maybe that will be when you ride the col de tourmalet! Keep sending these updates We look forward to reading them every morning.

Thanks Joanne, it's a great feeling to win the King of the Mountains, and it really does not matter to me that I'm winning it on the "backside", john w
From Robert - Tuesday, 29th June 2010, 03:28 (GMT)
Sounds like you are traveling "light":). Where are you staying in The Hague (Den Haag)? I lived there for my first 19 years, so I'm reasonably familiar with the place. You will probably notice quite a Muslim problem in Holland as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are just about 25% Muslim, with all the associated social problems. Would be interesting to get an outsider's point of view on this "phenomenon". Delft is one of my favourite places and extremely historical. I was for 9 months stationed on the nearby air base, "Ypenburgh", so know all the cafes and pubs around the place, but I don't think the airbase exists anymore. Anyway, looks like you started off ok, but just watch your bike. Maybe you should sleep with it to safeguard it and don't get anything caught in the spokes:).
Have fun.
Bonjour Papa. I'm in Arras this morning about to head out on tour of WW1 battlefields.
Staying at the Novotel in Den Hagg, will send you a photo.
I'm stunned at the number of black Africans in Paris just everwhere. Also at number of people who smoke - obviously Australia has done a much better job health wise than it appears in France.
We will be riding through Delft on Friday and having lunch there ... any old girlfriends you'd like me to say "hi" to?
As for my "Italian girlfriend" my Bianchi bicycle, I will take very good care of her. john w :)
From Debra - Thursday, 1st July 2010, 06:02 (GMT)
Hi John

What an adventure you are on! But no update for a couple of days? Wondering what is happening now.

Thanks Debra - I do the update daily on my laptop so I don't forget what I want to say, and upload when I ccan get internet access. Glad to hear that it's something others are interested in. Wished you were all here with me!!john w
From John - Saturday, 7th August 2010, 09:02 (GMT)
You must be having a great time I am enjoying following your trip and viewing the photos. The K team has been communication about a walk in early November.

Hi Les, thanks. This is hard work ... really and truely, john w
From Anne - Thursday, 8th July 2010, 23:16 (GMT)
Hi John,

Congrats on winning the award for the fastest downhill The extras at dinner probably helped!
Your daily journal is a hoot and your descriptions of the buzzing crowds/helicopters/speeding motorbikes and the caravane is excellent. Keep on keeping on. Doing the Brisbane river loop is never going to be the same again...
Keep safe love Anne
Merci Anne, love john
From Robert - Thursday, 8th July 2010, 10:41 (GMT)
Hi John,
Le tour sounds like a fantastic experience, but I’m sure you expected me to be impressed and would comment on your piece of Gianni Versace cycling Haute Couture you were sporting in some of your photos. What a grand idea, each individual red dot could be representing a new friend or inspiring person you have met during Le Tour. Have them sign it, including a short message. It would become an important memento that you can look back on, in years to come. Keep up those photos and sharing your daily experiences, they are really great.
Bonjour Robert, I really needed though to get a photo of the Dutch bicycles everyone rides in Holland. Mothers with children on front and back and with their baskets in the front packed with all sorts of things.
From denny - Thursday, 8th July 2010, 05:56 (GMT)
I'm loving reading your daily diary. Goodness you are really seeing sights you will remember for a long time. congrats. at scoring a hat an shirt. Love to see you in them!
You continue to enjoy and take care Denny .
Hi Denny, well tonight I won a team award for the fastest down hill racer in our tour group - pity we are not ski racing! Love John
From Roger - Thursday, 8th July 2010, 02:28 (GMT)
Just back from diving in Borneo and enjoyed reading your diary. Sounds like your having a terrific time. I'm envious - what a great way to celebrate 60 yrs.
Roger, I'm sure you know you woujld enjoy the cycling as much as anything. Tomorrow we head to the mountains, so I will definitely need my polka dot jersey to be working for me. jw
From Jeanette McCullough - Thursday, 8th July 2010, 00:07 (GMT)
Hi John,
I am enjoying every word you write, don't you dare stop writing, and when you finally come home to us poor people, this book should be published. Love it, and you are having such a wonderful time... Enjoy
Love Jeanette
Hi Jeanette, all those spin classes are helping just a little. The petite villages are just wonderful and as we cycle through people wave and smile at us. the other day a farmer called out to me "allez, allez" ... but I think he thought I was Cadel Evans. john w
From Geoff L - Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 23:38 (GMT)

Hope the Caisse D'Epargne Tee shirt fitted...if not remember your mates!!!

Bon chance mon amie.

How lucky can you be, it was a "Large". But then it wooujld not have mattered as I'd wear it no matter what the size. john w
From Rosemary Crouch - Thursday, 2nd September 2010, 11:01 (GMT)
Good evening John
A colleague at work (GH)gave me the link to you dairy because I was also on a Bikestyle tour - beginning in Toulouse on July 16 and finishing in Paris. I did Pyrenees,Bordeaux, Paris and was also in the hospitality tent on the Champs Elysees. Loved all the "up market" nibbles - took lots of photos of the food!
I also planned from Brisbane a train from Gare du Nord to Amiens and hired a private guide to take me through the Somme region. My grandfather, whom I never knew, lost an eye in action in Flers in WW1. I had done a bit of research on him and wanted to go to the town of Flers. My guide took me to Villers-Brettenoux and many of the memorials as well as Flers. It was a sad and humbling experience and I was so happy that I went the extra mile to make this pilgramage. Apart from Le Tour it was one of the highlights of my trip.
Another highlight was the helicopter ride following the peleton up the Pyrenees on July 18. I had purchased the optional extra of a day in a Tour de France vehicle following in front of the peleton. At the beginning of the climb our vehicle got very very lucky and were given a helicopter ride to the mountain top finish ! I'm still trying to figure it all out.
Thank you for allowing me to read your dairies - it will bring back many memories of my trip to France.
Hello Rosemary, thank you for your message. Geoff H emailed me and sent your photo diary as well. I did the Prologue to Paris trip and it was a wonderful three (3) weeks. The day in the hospitality tent on the Champs Elysees, which followed an early morning cycle on the course in Paris, was wonderful. The food and beverage that day were out of this world - I enjoyed a "day of French champagne".
Like you I aslso did a two (2) day WW1 battlefield tour based out of Arras. So keep cycling and ... loving life. john w
From Geoff L - Saturday, 31st July 2010, 00:15 (GMT)

I read with interest your disappointing experience. Tres sad. Did you loose them twice or just thought you'd repeat yourself ?

John, as my children say,
Dad, build a pont and get over it.
One of life's little hurdles.

Hi Geoff, no lost only once. The second edition was my trying to see if I could talk my way around the problem - but that was not to be. Just as well I did purchase a second ticket as the conductors were right on the ball yesterday and I had my tickets inspected several times between Paris and Lugano. Maybe the "word had been passed around" about some Australian trying to get on the train without his lost tickets. john w
From Leona Romaniuk - Monday, 16th August 2010, 21:04 (GMT)
John, we are so much richer for sharing your thoughts on this fabulous holiday. Thank you. Hope to see you walking on the mountain soon.xLeona
Bonjour Leona, you would surely have loved Italy's northern lakes, they were just beautiful and the villas lining the lakes just pure Italian style. Of course, there was also the cofffee and the wine ... john w
From denny - Monday, 16th August 2010, 22:05 (GMT)
How wonderful for you only having one fall. Someone was watching over you! Hope you have finally returned to your old self and ready for the next adventure. Thanks for giving me the ride of my life through your peddling adventures. cheers.
Hi Denny, well if the truth is told I actually had two (2) falls, the other being when I was walking down a street in Le Mur watching how people were watching Le Tour from their upstairs windows. I went over in a hole in the road that I did not see. john
From Geoff Lowes - Sunday, 15th August 2010, 08:08 (GMT)


"..many after we have a beer.."

Wots wrong with that?
JW obviously meant,

"after we have many a beer"! non????
... there's been lots of wine consumed ... but it's necessary for the "digestion" john w
From - Thursday, 5th August 2010, 08:56 (GMT)
Great to hear that you will emerse yourself in the Italian way of life.....hopefully the coffee will improve. Enjoy riding in the mountains, Mt Cootha will be a little blimp.....

Bruce and Joanne
Hi Joanne and Bruce, raining today at Lake Como, so no cycling - will be going on ferry to Bellargo and back ... past George Clooney's villa. Planning a cycle tomorrow. john w
From denny - Friday, 25th June 2010, 04:43 (GMT)
I hope you and your bike have arrived safely in Paris. Thanks for your phone call love, I'm following your instructions and hope you receive my message. Looking at your programme, there won't be much time for a sleep in! Just you enjoy every day. I look forward to hearing from you only when you have the time. Travel safely love Denny
Hi Denny, no time to waste, the clock is ticking, love john
From Chris Edwards - Friday, 25th June 2010, 06:23 (GMT)
Travel Safe JW.

Look forward to hearing all about the trip.

Hey Chris ... there's a flight every day into Paris ... let me know where to meet you. I enjoy just sitting having coffee watching the world go by ... very French, jw
From Alison - Wednesday, 25th August 2010, 03:43 (GMT)
Hi John, I have been following your adventure from the start... and have loved every detail, every entry :) You write beautifully and honestly... thank you and well done!! You have inspired me with your stories of the Tour and France, I have always yearned to travel there and see the tour...through your eyes I had had a taste but will now be making some plans of my own to do the same (long term plan for me.. three/four years). Thanks again John, has been wonderful going on the trip with you... Cheers Alison
Thank you Alison.
“Fortis fortuna adiuvat” – Fortune favours the brave
John W
From Cristina - Saturday, 26th June 2010, 15:13 (GMT)
Have a very nice journey to Europe!!!!
Cristina ( from Lugano )
Merci Cristina. Eventually on my way and looking forward to having some fun with you in Lugano. Papa G
From Gordon - Sunday, 27th June 2010, 23:27 (GMT)
I'm impressed, what an itinerary, sounds great. A bientot mon ami.
From Gordon - Tuesday, 29th June 2010, 00:50 (GMT)
Love it John, so good. SOOOO jealous of France. I love it and the French people and their language. Have a baguette and cheeze for me - yum.
... well I've already learnt that you eat the whole baguettee, you don't cut it up.
From David Thorpe - Tuesday, 29th June 2010, 01:44 (GMT)
You've made it! A very eventful start to the trip! I'm surprised at all the helpful Froggies you've met. Must be your charisma (or the Francs you handed over)? Tell us how your French speaking progresses. Keep up the good work.
Hi David, thanks and about my charisma, well I'm not too sure about that! :)