Friday, July 8, 2011
During the years i have met people of a variety of countries , professions and persuations ! This past week i have encountered by chance a 2 star General of the Gendarmerie on Thursday morning together with a Colonel and their drivers and on Wednesday Afternoon i met his Superior a 3 star General at the Cap Finstrel . Both of these gentlemen were really pleasant and easy to talk to as they had very good english and were prepared to enjoy using their vocabulary .
Explaining my motives for continuing to ride strongly even though contrary to " doctors ' orders " they understood my desire to see that their comrades who are " disabled whilst in the service " are helped to get to a point where they can serve their country once again on the "field of sport " hopefully even at the "Paralympic level " !
Last year as mentioned elsewhere i had met a General of the Pompiers and also of the French Army . At Les Herbieres before the Grand Depart i met a General who i was unsure if he was formerly Army but now with the Gendarmerie . On arriving in the " Arrivee , final km " on Monday the racers passed uniformed Cadets who were training at the french equivalent of " West Point " who with drawn swords saluted their efforts !
Bernard Theveney and Ramond Poulidour are as always at the VIP area to greet the Guests .
Johan has had a nightmare TDF but still takes the time to help the media !