Posted on by Sally West

So the reason I'm doing all this training is because we are going to France in June. Since riding some more hills on the Gold Coast we've looked into the climbs we'll do in France. I have only been worrying about Alpe D'Heuz and its length and steepness and getting past the first part which everyone says is the hardest. Turns out col de la Madeleine is worse, steeper, harder and BEFORE we get to those famous 21 hairpin turns of Alpe H'Deuz.
So I'd say the training I'm doing should probably be classed as panic hours, for 3 more months.
We've never really been overseas except for small close by trips so this one is so so exciting for us. We will land in Paris and go to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and the café where the first ever Tour de France left from in 1903 - Café au Reveil Matin. We're saying in a place that reminds me of Madeline - Saint James Paris. It is like fairy tale accommodation.
From there we go to Annecy and do the tour with Trek Travel, they supply the bike, the accommodation, the food, the sag wagon - everything. The accommodation and the whole experience really looks amazing. Check it out on tretktravel.com. Then we stay in Grenoble.
We will spend 2 days in New York, there is so much to do and so little time but you've got to make the most of it all don't you. We've been told we should do a helicopter tour, which was something I hadn't thought of, along with all the normal tourist stuff. I managed to find some awesome accommodation ON Times Square with the view out our window of Times Square, I wonder if we will be able to sleep!
From New York we go on to Orlando and Tampa for theme park heaven, the World Barefoot Centre and Big Cat Wild Rescue Centre in Tampa.
Hopefully we can walk after all those mountains we climb in France! Less than 100 days to go until we leave!