My husband and I volunteered as road marshals for today's Tour of California. I have a raging Cold of the Century: aches, fever, hurricane-force sneezes (OMG!!), headache, sore throat that feels like I swallowed razor blades, and yesterday I lost my voice. I came very close to contacting the volunteer coordinator to let her I know I wouldn't be there, but realizing that each volunteer serves an important role to protect the riders and spectators alike, I pulled myself together --- it's amazing what adrenaline can do.
I took pictures at our volunteer station on Baldy Rd. between Mills and Padua, later on GMR (near Sierra Madre Blvd. -- the road was already blocked to vehicle traffic), and in the Claremont village during and after the race. The link below shares the photos that I think best capture the essence of our experience. This afternoon, Levi Leipheimer said the climb on Mt. Baldy felt "just like Tour de France" and hopes they'll do this again next year. A lot of us hope so too!