The Fireflies Tour - Day Nine: Frejous to Cannes - The Final Chapter
Thursday, June 23, 2011
After over 1000 gruelling kilometres, countless savage
mountains, numerous tyre changes, and every weather condition known
to man, the Fireflies were treated to small lie-in before setting
off for the final time at 9am. Leaving Frejous, they followed
the coastal road, passing through the likes of San Rafael, for a
gentle 50k roll alongside the glorious Cote d'Azur.
They paused to mop their moist brows and have a welcome ice
cream and a cup of coffee at a beach side restaurant en route, but
unfortunately the owner seemed to suffer a temporary sense of
humour failure at being confronted by a hoard of hungry and thirsty
Fireflies! Undetered, they continued on, basking in the
beautiful sunshine and lapping up the stunning views along the
coast. After enjoying a final Fireflies lunch, they saddled
up for the last stint to begin their grand entrance into
Rounding the final bend, a police escort was ready and waiting
to lead them in. They paraded down the Croisette to a
cheering crowd, crossing the finishing line outside the Palais!
Congratulations Chris and Alex - we're
proud of you!
Champagne flowed and there were congratulatory hugs and cheers
aplenty before many of the Fireflies took to their heels for a
traditional dip in the sea.
As the celebrations drew to a close, Alex and Chris dismantled
their bikes and began lugging their belongings off in search of
their apartment. 45 minutes later and after probably the most
labour intensive challenge they'd had all week, they eventually
staggered into their apartment! After a quick rest and a
brief pitstop via McDonalds (!), they hit the town - a little
leaner and browner - for a final celebratory dinner and several
much-longed for beers!
We'd like to offer huge congratulations to our Mill boys Chris
and Alex - and all the Fireflies - on a truly tremendous
Au revoir… and see you in 2012!
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