Tour de France
Predetermined outcomes seem to sum up the Tour de France. This year it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that Chris Froome would win the grueling 21 stage bicycle race as he has for three times in the last 5 years.
Of course, many things can wrong to upset that applecart, but the odds were very much in his favor. That said coming into the final stage the time gaps were the closest they'd ever been in many years.
Every year around this time, I end up watching more TV than usual, although thanks to DVRs I can fast forward to crucial moments and interesting bits. Even so it does tend to take up time I would be doing other things.
So it is with a bit of relief when the riders approach Paris on the final day. And now since I have run a marathon on those same cobblestones there is an additional level of excitement as the riders take to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées approaching the Arc de Triomphe and the finish line.
It is also the time of year when Burning Man planning really begins to ramp up.
This year will be the first time out for both Cindy and Skye and a return to the Esplanade for the Circuscombustus team.
It will be my first year taking an RV out there. Whether it is a rental or the purchase of a new home away from home has yet to be determined.
On certain levels, I am way behind in my preparation. I am hoping to contribute to our Circus side-show with a "strong-man" tearing a deck of cards in half routine, but I have not been "training" like I should, so even though I have a couple of boxes of custom made playing cards, I might not be able to actually to the deed as it were.
We shall see.
And I have signed up for and fully plan to run the Burning Man 50K even if it takes me forever and a day. I haven't really been training for that like I should either.
But I have been aging rum in some beautiful casks and have been doing a decent job of collecting bits and pieces to decorate our camp. But there's still much to do and time is a pressin' and a bit oppressing.
And on that note, I will get back to the tasks and duties before me, juggling practice, cleaning the house and well a bunch of other stuff.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.