This morning I walked over to school to retrieve my bike. (I had left it there yesterday after having it repaired and not wanting to haul it up to Jaimie’s.) I left home at 5:30 in the first early sunlight and surrounded by the graceful music of birds. It was a good walk – almost no traffic and a cooling breeze blowing. It took, as usual, about 1 ¼ hours, and by the time I arrived at the door of the school, I was fairly done-in. I rested for a few moments in the cool of the shade by the front door, and then climbed aboard my bike and coasted back home, just in time to see the Tour de France riders start their horrendous second day in the Alps, featuring, today, a 9-mile climb ! I was glad I was resting in my comfortable chair instead of sitting on a bike climbing some merciless hill.