‘Disney for Pilgrims’- The First Rest Day in Lourdes

This couldn’t come too soon for us following a sweaty 11 hour coach trip from the TTT in Britanny down to the Catholic centre of France, Lourdes.

We ate late and I eventually hit the pillow at midnight but with the knowledge that for the first time in over 9 days I didn’t have to set an alarm for 5am…! 


Breakfast at 9am was a luxurious and relaxed affair. I took a gentle 25km spin to shake off my legs around Lourdes and the surrounding area. You could describe Lourdes as a ‘Disney for Pilgrims’. Many shops lined endlessly selling tacky plastic Marys sold alongside flick knives and other memorabilia.

Being the rest day I thought I would share some of my thoughts from the opening week and favourite images from – Joolze Dymond, David West & Sam Bagnall from the last week.

Zelande is windy but the stage to Le Havre was windier a great deal wetter and harder still.


The Mur de Huy is steep. Fullstop!


Cobbles are hard work!

The rolling roads of Normandy and Brittany are beautiful, especially with a tail wind and that hot round yellow thingy in the sky.

It’s a long way to Tipperary, but it’s even further Lourdes!

The mountains start in earnest tomorrow with a grippy 167km stage which finishes on a 15km climb up the Col du Soudet on the Spanish border to Pierre St Martin.

Lest not forget why we are doing this challenge, to raise much needed funds for CureLeukaemia. 

~ by theboxterboy on July 12, 2015.

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