It's a good darn thing we are about to run for 14 days... we are staying with some friends in Crolles, France, and Marie-Pierre is an incredible cook. She has treated us to some amazing salads, tarts, casseroles, etc, that contain fresh vegetables from her garden and eggs and milk from a local farm, topped off with bread from the boulangerie. Now I remember how I gained weight while living in France!
We made it over here OK, after volunteering our seats in exchange for airline dollars and taking a detour to Paris before arriving in Geneva a couple hours later than expected. Our bags arrived the following day, so that was a bit exciting. We've repacked everything and we should be ready.
Later today we're going to Chambery to meet Philippe and go with him to Chamonix. With any luck we'll get to see some of the finishers of the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc (we'll keep an eye out for Scott Jurek). Then it's on to Thonon-les-Bains at Lac Leman for dinner and a race briefing. From here on out I don't expect to get enough sleep, but at least we're well caught up and well rested today.
As a couple folks have asked, I do not believe there will be any online updates (nor will I have access to the web) during the GTA. We'll be fairly remote, in little villages and up in the mountains. I'll try to post something soon after the race when we find our first internet café.
On the off-chance that I'm wrong and Philippe has some kind of web connection going, here is the website:
Happy end of August to everyone and we'll see you next month!
PS to Sheila R - you are anything BUT mundane; in fact, seeing friends and family was the highlight of our brief stay in Austin :)