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Gone for a hike

Bonjour from France!

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After flying from London to Milan then driving to France, we arrived safely in Chamonix. Cold, but safe.

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Our setup:
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Last night’s dinner was prepared by yours truly, which meant a lot of vegetables.

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Ended up being my own version of pasta primavera once finished. Bell pepper, seitan, onion, tomato, garlic and herbs mixed into whole wheat pasta!

The real reason we’re here, besides the fact that it’s simply gorgeous, is because I coaxed Ged into hiking the Tour de Mont Blanc, a105-mile hike around Mont Blanc that goes through France, Switzerland and Italy.

Look, I even had to get a fancy waterproof jacket so that I don’t die of hypothermia.

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We still have a couple of bits to get (pack covers, sleeping bag liner), then we should be good to go on Friday (hopefully).

Wish me luck!

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What I’ve been up to

I’ve been a little lax with updating the blog lately, so here are a few pictures of what I’ve been doing these past few weeks.  

Leaving Florence. Took the bike down in the elevator after having gone up and down the stairs 15 times. So surprised that it fit!


Up in Cheshire riding Ged’s uncle’s horse. The big guy hadn’t been ridden in a while but I got him to move his feet a bit.


Hiking in Delamere Forest in Cheshire. My favorite forest.


Couldn’t believe there were mosquito-like bugs in the forest. I felt like I was in Florida.


The men’s Olympic Time Trial in Hampton Court. Vinokourov zooms by.


Froome makes an appearance.


Mr. Wiggins. Well done, sir.


Fabian looking sharp but not sharp enough.



Near the triathlon course in Hyde Park.


The only bike riding I’ve been doing here. “Boris” bikes are brilliant. Reasonably priced, convenient and incredibly fun.