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  1. castor

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    Just spent a great four days following the first three days of the tour, campervans just parked everywhere you can possibly squeze into , with just fantastic atmosphere from all concerned , blighted somewhat by two uk vans who decided to effectively blocking off a carpark on day three ,when parking end on would get four or five vans in. The comments fron locals was classic. From england soon they will be gone (brexit) and they cannot play football. . I was glad to be in a french van and speaking french!!
    Will be back again next year.
     
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    Fly out to Helen Friday for the Andorra stage on 10th. Looking at the ITV4 coverage I think Helen will be the oldest camping car on the tour, barring VW type 2s. Well done Cavendish.

    Shame some of our countrymen fail to think of others - they are of course the minority but they are the ones that get noticed and remembered.

    :france::france::france:
     
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    So envious of you Cleve, I wish we were going, we have watched it many times before parked at the side of the mountain road. Too busy valeting vns to go this year:(
     
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    It's actually going through our village this year. So just a little trip down the hill. Unfortunately it is a bit of straight road so will probably be about 30 seconds passing us.
    But better than driving up to the Pyrenees.
    Steve
     
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    We are hoping to park up near Ste Marie de Campan. There is an almost hairpin bend so may slow them down a bit :Eeek: :france::france::france::france:
     
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    We're at an aire at St.Antonin Noble Val, arrived on Sunday and see signs for the tour coming through on Thursday, so still here and going to have a look today.
    PS the aire is free with water and a very old town to look at, canoe trips down the river and nice shallow river to swim in.
     
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    Change of plan! We are now parked on the side of the road on the way up to Col d'Aspin. Caravan goes through at 3 and race at 4.45 tomorrow (y):france::france:
     
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    image.jpeg Here we ready for tomorrow's stage up Col D'Aspin. Funster Ted and friends joining the excitement!!! image.jpeg
     

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    Going from Pau to Toulouse yesterday I saw some signs about the Tour but was too tired to read them properly...

    On the Toulouse ring road... stuck in traffic (haven't experienced any of that since last year) I saw some extraordinary giant "figures" moulded onto vehicles...

    One day I will get around to parking up and enjoying the atmosphere...

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Hi JJ. You must do it!! The spot we found on the way to Col d'Aspin was perfect! Not too crowded but the atmosphere was wonderful. The weather was good(hot:Eeek:) but as thunderstorms were forecast no prob!

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    image.jpeg These were the 'cadeaux' from the caravan today:Eeek: and we gave a lot away!
     
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Oh and some of the cyclists :)
     

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    You got a lot more stuff than us, we only got about an 1/8 of that but I did get hit on the head by some stuff and we were in a town with quick kids picking up everything. Good to see though.(y)
     
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    image.jpeg Nearly there spent last night Camping Casal, Andorra of to Col shortly

    Good morning Andorra
     
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    Hi Cleve We are heading for Andorra tomorrow. Is the Camping Casal full? Is it possible to book?
     
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    Hi Ali, sorry I have only just seen your reply. No wifi at Col de Bexalis (wrong I know) so sorry I was not able to help. After an amazing drive we are back there now. I am to cans of 1664 down and off to get a good shower. Will update here and my Helen the Hymer. thread tomorrow, you will be amused by my tale.
     
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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Hello, well shortly after I had penned the above there was an almighty Thunderstorm and the wifi was gone and not back before I left on Monday morning. That is Dennis in the picture, I am as usual the invisible man behind the lens (time I got a selfie stick).

    Had a great time up at the Col Bexailis, sadly only the press souvenir vans came through the usual Tour Vans did not so I was unable to buy my usual bag of junk. Still more to spend next year.

    Pictures of Helen in place and riders passing.

    Longer "ripping yarn" on Helen the Hymer shortly (when I have written it).

    Only able to do the one stage this year but the plan is to do Col du Tourmalet next year.

    Wifi in rural France is painfully slow, at least here it is! Took forever to upload just the two pictures so I may delay writing the Helen thred until late on the off chance that all the teenagers will have quit some of the band width. Cheers
     
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    you look as though you have a good place there tim
     
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