While we were in Santa Barbara last week for a short visit with la madre and el padrastro de Madam Musing, the week long bicycle tour of California rolled through town. I've never seen anything like it. I've watched the Tour de France many times on TV but this was the first time I had an opportunity to see such a thing up close and personal.
Unfortunately, we had to get to the train station too early to see the actual race. But the starting line for stage six was just a mile from our hotel. So after breakfast last Saturday, we strolled down to watch the preparations. It was a real rolling circus. Cars everywhere loaded down with bicycles and extra wheels. Vans full of very lean men with 0% body fat. And everywhere the cyclists of Santa Barbara had turned out to welcome the pros. There was even someone dressed up as a giant bird slowly cycling along and cawing as he went. The energy was infectious. I'll definitely have to check this thing out next year. This time it was just serendipity that the race rolled through while we were there. But next time we can plan to watch it - maybe when it starts out in San Francisco.
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