Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tour de France - Stage 5

Riding along the Canal du Midi towards Cap D'Agde

Stage 5 today - leaving from Cap D'Agde and ending in Perpignan.  We decided to ride our bikes to the start, about 35 km from our hotel in Béziers.  It was a great ride in along the Canal Midi, until we heat Cap D'Agde which was crazy.  We watched the caravan go by, had a coffee and then decided to ride out and see them go by.  Once they did we jumped back on the bikes and headed back to the hotel to watch the finish on television.

there they go...

Canal du Midi

so psyched to be here

After a little nap and a shower we headed out for dinner.  On the way we stopped at a little wine bar that we visited back in February. It's very nice and they have some excellent wines to taste.  I had a Roussillon 2005 and a Corbières - 2005 and Bruce had a Vin de Pays d'Oc and a 2005 Santenay. Both of us loved the Roussillon!  We then went over to a little bisto near the church.  Perfect place for dinner, we sat outside, facing the lovely church.  Perfect day.  

church in Béziers

I'm pretty psyched to be here too

View from the terrace next to the church

Our wine & entrées

We leave in the morning for Toulouse to pick up our rental car.  Yes, rental car.  Claude our 1985 Peugeot stationwagon would have a really hard time making it up the mountains in the pyrenees.  Then we'll head to Luchon where we'll stay for the next 4 days.  We won't see the tour live again until Saturday, but those 2 days will be excellent!  We'll spend Friday riding some of the famous cols and Saturday doing long ride and then we'll see the finish in Saint-Girons.  

Stay tuned.

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