Saturday 23rd July was a day we’ve had marked on our calendars for a long time now. Not only was it the day that the Tour de France arrived in Morzine, it was also one of our busy summer changeover days!
As exciting as the tour’s arrival was, we had to spend extra time planning for what we knew would be a tricky day to travel around our town. Road closures mean no exceptions, and with the majority of our Saturday changeover chalets being located in the centre of town, most on one of the closed off routes, bikes and feet were the only way to get around.
It’s pretty difficult to carry around 2 full ikea bags of linen and our vacuum cleaners on a normal day, so we came up with a plan to drop all the clean linen off at the properties on Friday. (Thanks to our fab launderette La Petite Buanderie for getting the linen ready in time and MTB beds for carting us around and helping us!)
By 10am on Friday all the linen was in situ, extra vacuum cleaners tucked into storage cupboards at the properties and all that was left to do was load the cleaning products into our back packs!
On Saturday all was going swimmingly, bike locks had been remembered, chalet shopping and spare loo rolls were being stored in bike baskets and apart from a little incident of having to walk 400m with heavy bin bags, all was calm. Some of our cleaners had a birds eye view of the TDF preparations going on on the final arrival stretch and witnessed some fun between the Vittel water sprayers and a local shop…
Then we found out that there somehow wasn’t enough linen at one the chalets based right next to the Col de Joux Plane. One 20 minute bike ride to the launderette and back later we had it all sorted and only (what would usually be) a simple ride home to go… Unfortunately the road had already been blocked off so I was advised to take my bike where the pedestrians were going. This would have been fine if there weren’t waist high metal supports holding the advertising signs in place across the pavement! Luckily there were lots of altruistic TDF supporters around and they helped me hoist my heavily laden bike over not one, but 3 of these supports.
Finally home 30 minutes after what should have been a 5 minute ride, I rushed to get changed and head back to watch the tour arrive in town.
Sipping on a cold beer on a balcony overlooking the final 400m stretch, the atmosphere was electric, despite the rain. Seeing such a huge sporting event come to our sleepy mountain town was fantastic, hopefully it will encourage more and more tourists to come and see what we have to offer!
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