Category Archives: Tdf trip planning

Information on seeing the Tour de France in person, including the process I go through myself each year- figuring out the TdF route, finding places to stay, rental cars, trains & more.

Another in the “What could possibly go wrong” series


The truth is that we had a pretty darned good day. Kevin wasn’t happy with our “rest” day including a pretty gnarly ride through nearby mountains, even though he was gaining strength as we went, while I was running into some trouble on the Col du Porte. Still crazy hot, but I’m getting more and more used to it as we go. I feel so much better than I did at the start of this trip!

Tomorrow is an early morning for us; we have to catch a train at 7:30am, connect to another at 9:45am, then then the final train to Lourdes around 2pm. All of which is subject to some degree of fuzziness due to the high temps causing disruptions in rail service. But we’re not in a hurry; we’ve got plenty of time built into our schedule.

And I should add that, while Kevin’s not so great at planning things, he executes really well. He has a much easier time figuring out how to pack than I do, which is good! Plus, he’s a lot better navigator than prior trips too! Big help getting around crazy cities like Grenoble.

It seemed like such a great idea. Visit a place loosely named the Gorges of Death. What could possibly go wrong? :-)…

Posted by Mike Jacoubowsky on Saturday, July 16, 2022