Enjoying The Tour de France

Wow, I've been away for a week and return to a very exciting Tour de France!  Nice to see some new names in the mix this year.

I have a few items to share with my Hour Lounge friends and only a short commercial break before the race begins again...

My 25 year old daughter asked to do a backpacking trip this year so we were away four days in the mountains.  I am very proud of her.  She managed to cover 53 kms over four mountain passes with almost 2 km of vertical gain and a 20 km march on the final day!  And this is a girl without any ligaments in one knee from a soccer injury.  Her reward was spectacular scenery and near-total solitude.  Now we're planning the Inca Trail in Peru.

Also, Vacheron Constantin was unknowingly featured in the most recent issue of the Canadian Alpine Gazette.  A short story and cover photo of my Aconcagua trip features the summit picture I shared with the HL earlier this year.  You may remember I was grinning and sticking my arm out to show off the Overseas chronometer.  Understandably, there was no mention of the watch!

Oops...commercial break is over so I'm back to watch the cycling Enjoying The Tour de France

Enjoying The Tour de France

Tel pere, telle fille!
07/11/2008 - 21:43


That must have been a pretty cool family trip! I was impressed just reading about 53km over 4 days in the mountains, but then looking at the size of the bag that your daughter had to carry... Chapeau!

And thanks for sharing another breathtaking scenic view...  I'm sure your daughter must have enjoyed her reward!



What a family!
07/11/2008 - 22:42

You can really be proud of her: she must have a strong willing like you. She follows your path, and I can only confirm what François said: "tel père, telle fille!"

After watching cycling, will you also watch the Olympic games? The summer season is quite busy this year...

Who is your favorite for Le Tour de France?

Cheers, Patrice

hats off to Miss Tick-Talk, that's what I call will! Definately a
07/11/2008 - 23:48

feat to make her father glow with pleasure.

Enjoy the Tour and the family.

Runs in the family...
07/12/2008 - 04:29

Great picture of some breathtaking scenery.

It must be nice to share a common interest with family, especially your children.  Hats off to your daughter. 

I run out of breath just going a long flight of stairs... So mountain climbing is probably out of the question. My wife always tells me to "take a hike!", but I think she says it in a totally different context...

Enjoy the weekend guys.


Re: Enjoying The Tour de France
07/12/2008 - 14:16

When you are in such a surrounding environment, you must feel very humble.

Congratulations to your daughter on taking up this personnal challenge.

Re: Enjoying The Tour de France
07/12/2008 - 15:59


Great photo, thanks for sharing it with us!  My daughter and son in law went on the Inca Trail for their honeymoon five years ago. I have some fantastic pictures I can share with you if you like-send me a PM. I recently read that travel to Machu Picchu is being limited by the government due to the increasing number of tourists and the effect on the environment.


07/12/2008 - 18:29

for your kind words.  I'll pass your comments on to my daughter.  It is very humbling when you see your children trying so hard to please you - a tremendous responsibility to pass on values for success and happiness in life!

Thanks for the offer Ray...PM sent.

Re Tour...there is no single rider that inspires me this year but Team Columbia is interesting and they are growing on me.  I really love this event that takes two weeks to shape a winner.