The last hoorah

Isabelle loves Toulouse. We didn’t. Maybe it was the tired red brick, maybe it was the homeless people in their tents alongside the canal, maybe it was Helen having a “must eat, NOW” day, or maybe its joys were simply overshadowed by the challenges of riding the bike through a city. It was pleasant enough, […]

Back on the bike

Our gorgeous Warmshower hosts Laurent and Gwén had garaged our bikes for ten days while we drove around Languedoc Roussillon, and welcomed us back for another night at their spick and span home. They were out at a birthday party so we cooked up in their kitchen and made ourselves at home. Using the inner […]

Farewell to the Loire

After a brief tour of Henri and Marie-Hélène’s garden (and the season’s first handful of blackberries), they cycled with us into Chinon where we all bought fruit and veg from the farmers market. Finding good quality fruit and veg is a challenge when you travel so this was a real treat. Many photos and goodbyes […]

Nightmare in La Foret Dominiale de Chinon

From Tours, we broke away from our 2010 route to explore Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon. Tom is going to blog about our day to Azay as we did something a bit special; this blog covers from there to Chinon. With only 20km to ride along shady forested roads to Chinon – or so we thought – […]

Downstream to Tours and the end of the Tyre Saga

Chambord surely boasts the most excessively exuberant, obscenely outrageous, utterly unnecessary roofscape in the world. Although we visited in 2010 we had to – just had to – see it again. Another evening of swimming and we retired to bed, braced for a trundle down the Loire to Blois the next day. Blois was a favourite […]

Ups and downs and pleasure in St Plaisir

With Le Tour behind us, we took a day’s rest to recover from all the excitement. Being smack bang in the middle of France with no particular commitments, we considered which way we should turn. Plan A had always been to turn north and back onto Eurovelo Route 6 along the Loire. But the Dordogne, […]

Into the Maconnais

With two Warmshower hosts living at the far end of the rail trail, one in the regional centre and one in a small village in the heart of the famous Pouilly Fuisse wine region, we set off from Cormatin unburdened by camping equipment for a few days of exploration, good company and good wine. We […]

The heat breaks in delightful Dole

In extraordinary heat and humidity, and with violent storms forecast for the afternoon, we made for an early escape from Besancon and a short day on the bike. The route continued to follow the River Doubs and parallel canals. Lunch and food-shopping required that we ducked off-route and unfortunately uphill into Saint Vit. We retraced […]

Hot and bothered, by Tom

This blog is by Tom. Unedited. The day before yesterday was 45 degrees Celsius! It was so hot, Tom was surprised we weren’t in a desert! 60 kilometers of struggling up hills, sweating our heads off, and having breaks every half hour- but it was worth it. In Besançon we had a Warmshower (or Hotshower) […]