I’m sitting with Gill having a cup of tea waiting for the girls to wake up. We’re heading up the Col de la Galise today so it’s going to be a big walk on a hot day. I think I’ll trade in my Chevallot breakfast for some bacon and eggs this morning!
Katie and I saw Andreas the other day and he looking extremely fit. He’s been cycling, golfing and playing ice hockey as well as working. He’s a busy boy to say the least!
Andreas cycled one of the toughest stages of the Tour de France last week. 16,00 keen cyclists signed up to test themselves on the famously grueling Alpe d’Huez stage. The roads were closed and they were escorted by police motorcycles. The roads were packed with spectators cheering them on so it was the full Tour de France experience. Andreas was planning on finishing in 9 hours but made it in 8 hr 34 and was really pleased. Bravo Andreas. (half the field didn’t finish)
I’m looking forward to watching the end of the golf from St Andrews this afternoon. What a leaderboard on an extremely historic day for golf. It should be a tense and gripping finish to the 150th Open! I’m pulling for Rory but I’m a huge fan of the young Norwegian Victor Hovland as well. (And I like Cameron Smith and his mullet!)
Day 7 news and photos to follow.
Our hike up the Galise today was superb! Stunning views, wildlife and a great feeling of accomplishment. The girls loved it, which pleases Gill who loves her walking! (see photos)
The last time I was up on the Col was with Catherine’s late-husband Jean. He loved the outing and we were thinking of him today.
I rewarded myself for my effort with some fantastic golf at Dave Carr’s. (The girls were sunning themselves on the terrace!) Cameron Smith’s birdie run was fantastic and he certainly deserved his win. What a performance!
Dave was a brilliant golfer in his youth and played was a member at St Andrews. He won a few prestigious competitions and has his name up in the Clubhouse. And I can tell you that that is seriously cool! Dave shot a 64 on the Old Course one day and still has the score card. Bravo and thanks Dave!
I then went to Le Hibou to have a drink with Karen and Uffe in the glorious sunshine. Gill made it briefly and Al and Louise popped by as well. I went inside to check the golf just as Cameron was sinking the winning putt so that was a bonus!
Millie and Katie made a great meal that we ate on the terrace and it was a lovely end to another brilliant day!
Stay tuned for news and photos from Bonneval tomorrow!