Summer isn’t quite as magical once you get to be an adult. No long stretches of school-free time, summer vacations, days in the pool, and all those other summery experiences.

Nowadays summer means work in the yard, a little less traffic on my commute, and lightening bugs in the evenings. And my favorite part of summer, the Tour de France.

For the last 3 summers, since I learned to spin in 2010, Wes and I have watched the Tour de France while I spin along at home on my spinning wheel for the Tour de Fleece. It has quickly become my favorite part of summer. For 3 1/2 weeks we race home from work, eat a quick dinner and settle in to watch the day’s stage. Though neither of us likes sports, we cheer for our favorites, watch the beautiful countryside fly by, and enjoy being cycling spectators.  It’s a bonus to me that the July 4th holiday always falls in the middle of the Tour – more time off of work to spin, and grill out and watch the fireworks from our yard. These few weeks are my favorite summer memories.

This year I’ve got big ambitions for the tour.

Clockwise from the top:

So far I’ve dug into the sweater spin and after 2 days I’ve got a bobbin and a half complete:


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