Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday in Paris

Today was an interesting day in France. Last night while putting the bike together, I discovered two pretty big problems. First, my rear derailleur hanger got cross-threaded which prevented the bike from shifting properly. Second, one of the electrical connectors for my generator light turned up missing. So I sent some frantic e-mails last night and got offers from 5-6 other Americans to bring over the missing parts on their later flights to Paris. So that one isn't fixed, but help is on the way. The derailleur got fixed late this afternoon when I went riding across suburban Paris in the vague direction of a possible bike shop that Heather heard about with a bike that wouldn't shift. They were able to fix the problem in about 5 minutes. Things are moving in the right direction.

In tourist related news, Heather and I spent the day WALKING around Paris visiting some of the popular sights. We went to the top of the Eiffel tower this morning, walked towards the Champs Elysees, past the Louvre, the Invalides, went through the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and strolled along the Siene. Paris is really pretty, but the main tourist spots are crazy crowded. We did manage to get onto the wrong train coming back to the hotel. So we got to go to Versailles (at least the Versailles train station).

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