Thursday, July 12, 2007


The Tour de France started today in the village of Chablis (see pictures), and passed through Chateau Chinon, where the 9th graders and I spend a pleasant day a few years ago.

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Yesterday evening I rode over to Shaws to get some groceries, and then stopped at Subway to pick up a sandwich for dinner. It was a good ride over a relatively new route, up and down some hidden back-roads of town. I’m not sure I had ever been on some of these streets, so it was good to discover a new part of town. The neighborhoods were peacefully quiet places, and the streets were nearly empty of traffic, which made for a carefree ride. There were some decent hills, though, and I rode up and down a few of them several times, just to give myself a satisfactory workout. The cool air-conditioning of Shaws, and, later, the delicious sandwich at home were fair rewards for a somewhat tiring ride.

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Today I read my dictionary and thesaurus for a while. Honestly, I don’t own two more rewarding books. When I feel like slowing down and actually doing some serious thinking, they are the books I go to.

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