It's hard to believe but today Le tour de France came to a lane not far from where we live; when the greatest cycle race in the world is on your own doorstep, surely it's worth wandering along to see?!
There were lots of road closures, so getting to a good vantage point needed planning and a walk long shady lanes . . .
Through cool woods . . .
Alongside fields of ripening wheat, into the open sunny landscape of North Essex . . .
. . . to the edge of a tiny village called Little Chesterford.
A good number of people where waiting at the roundabout. The atmosphere was jolly and expectant.
Everyone cheered any vehicle that passed by – sponsors' vans, the French gendarmes and the press. Local police got loud applause especially if they waved!
I think the sun made us all a little sleepy, enthusiasm had definitely peaked a little early.
Then, at just before 1pm and heralded by 6 helicopters and an escort of bright yellow police motorbikes, the peloton was upon us!
A steady stream of colourful lycra . . .
Au revoir Le Tour!
Did Le Tour come to a road near you? Did you go to watch?