Stage 3 - Pasta saves the day, eventually (23/5) has been saved
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Date: Monday 23 May
To: La Souterraine
# kilometers: 150
# altimeters: 1,500
# flat tyres: 4
# bananas consumed: 43
# hours on the bike (shortest): 6
# hours on the bike (longest): 6.5
Today we prepared for the worst, we hoped for the best, were able to navigate well in between the showers until lunch… and then the floodgates opened. We all felt like true Flandrien(nes)— some of the partners even had to confirm that by wearing T-shirts describing exactly that.
So, as the ride itself can be labelled as heroic, it is fair to say that most of us pushed our limits in some way today. #wecanbeheroestoo 😊
When preparing this blog, the idea was to write something about the Limousin cow, accompanied with a nice picture. We however did not see an awful lot of these animals, and when we saw them, we did not really feel like stopping to take an overly wet photo…
Also, we were cycling very close (about 10 km) to the geographical centre of France, which is located in a village called Vesdun. All day we looked for a town sign to Vesdun, but were not successful. Could it be that the centre of France is a black hole?
Today was all about riding. With the pace and/or the showers becoming more vigorous, the intensity of the conversations and the laughter decreased a bit. Some Belgian beer and some French wine further increased our appetite. We were getting somewhat hungry and when we feared an anticlimax could no longer be avoided (the first batch of pasta tasted burnt, as if someone extinguished a cigar in it), the cook prepared a second batch of pasta that was in fact very tasty. Hunger is the best sauce as one says in Dutch. But anyway, any potentially upcoming feelings of “hangriness” were avoided. A rider needs his/her pasta, right!?
Today we prepared for the worst, we hoped for the best, were able to navigate well in between the showers until lunch… and then the floodgates opened. So, as the ride itself can be labelled as heroic, it is fair to say that most of us pushed our limits in some way today.
Rolf Driesen is managing partner of Consulting, a practice with 1,000 consultants working across five offerings: Strategy, Analytics and M&A, Customer & Marketing, Business Operations, and Human Capital and Enterprise Performance. The last 20 years, Rolf has advised clients across a variety of industries and helped them to deliver their critical business transformation programmes. These programmes include shared services, outsourcing, offshoring, and business portfolio changes and restructurings.