Friday, September 11, 2009

Trans Pyrenees Challenge, Day 1

Hi, this is guest blogger Phil Murphy. Thanks to Paul, who is missed already, for the blog site loaner during this year's Trans Pyrenees Challenge. The true challenge, of course, will be for me to maintain the very high standards of blog quality and quantity we've all become accustomed to at this site. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures yet, and cycle art is way in the future if it happens at all, so I'm tasked to describe the full sensory experience here in words. They're coming slowly right now since I'm still suffering from the fog of the flight over, crunched into a subcompact Lufthansa Economy class seat, and the noisy raceway outside my first floor window at Hotel Alfa Aeropuerto in Barcelona isn't helping one bit. Although, I must say, for a Best Western franchise the design and creature comforts here are unexpectedly nice. To keep you glued to this blog I promise to post photos tomorrow of the sink and shower head. Nothing like them in the US. Inspired by Gaudi, or just gaudy? The flight actually went quickly, greased by my new MacBook Air, Kenny Chesney and Alison Kraus tunes (thanks George), and most memorably, the latest Hannah Montana movie, which somehow kept me awake in the final two hours. HM is the new Superman, or Supergirl (was there ever a Superwoman or just Spiderwoman--a Shrew untamed). There, now I'll find out who's reading this. But back to HM, she morphs from plain Jane farmgirl to rock superstar faster than I can downshift on my Trek 5000. There, back to cycling.
One of the many unintended consequences of Paul's memorable descent on the Millennium Trail last week is that I am now tasked with making a drop of clothing and potions to his sister Julie next week. This is exciting since I don't really believe that Julie exists, having known Paul for 24 years and never met her. Hopefully it will happen although if it does it must be between 11 pm next sunday and 5:30 am the next day due to inflexible travel reservations.
I'm suddenly getting a red alert from Blogger, so I may have just wasted my time. I will try to Publish and see what happens. See you next time....


Paul said...

I can't stand seeing an uncommented on post, especially when it's my own, thus explaining this comment. So far the blogging is going well, in fact two well: I somehow managed to post the same post twice. Those with a sharp eye will notice that the title was subtly different though. Although it may seem from what I've posted and commented so far that I have a lot of time on my hands, this is not true. It would be a lie if someone had actually asserted it, which is not the case. In fact, my day is full: I'm actively overcoming jet lag (ok, passively), actively looking forward to the start of the Trans Pyrenees Challenge (TPC from now on) on Sunday, and actively looking forward to my next blog tomorrow. I may be one of the only people who tweeted before he blogged, which sounds disgusting, I know. This comment length is starting to approach that of the parent blog, which probably violates some neocultural norm, so I will sign off and promise not to comment further on either this comment or today's blog. Have a good day or night.

Paul said...

One more thing, just to make things perfectly clear, the previous comment was written by Phil, not by Paul, as indicated.

Carolyn said...

hahahaha daddy this blog is hilarious. and eloquent. i envision a washington post feature column in your future.
except for one fatal flaw: NEVER insult the best western hotel chain! i gasped in horror when i read your assessment of their 'typical' amenities. who else provides coast-to-coast cookie-cutter comfort? recant.