I first followed the Tour de France in the 1990s. After I graduated from college, I spent some time working odd jobs and traveling in Europe. I saw my first Tour in San Sebastian, Spain. Very dramatic stuff: Basques blowing up cars before the start of the race, my college roommate slicing his hand trying to cut down a Tour sign, and so on.
When I went to graduate school, I decided to research the Tour. I got to spend the summer of 1999 following the Tour, driving in a car and camping on hillsides to wait for the race. Here are some images!