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April Fool(s)!!!!

Day 262, Sevilla, 13.830 km I don’t know if the tradition of April Fool’s is very popular in Spain, but I decided to make jokes to myself for a few days to mark the occasion. More than doubtful roads, highways, military zones, sand, forbidden bridges, mosquitoes, we had a good laugh with Jay and Bob,Lire la suite « April Fool(s)!!!! »

The slap!

Day 253, Almeria, 13.010 km It’s always the same thing. Considering the relief of the area it happens quite often. Several times a day at the moment. The road has been going up for a few kilometers. The drivers of the cars that overtake me raise their thumb, as if to say « Courage! ». The cyclistsLire la suite « The slap! »

¿ Donde vas?

Day 248, Valencia, 12.410 km I’ve played out the scene in my head at least four or five times over the past few days. Especially yesterday, when I saw a sign in the distance that said « State of alert! Access only to people with authorization ». The passage from Catalonia to the Valencian Community. A policeLire la suite « ¿ Donde vas? »

Twelve… Thousand…

Day 245, Barcelona, 12.000 km Twelve. And thousand. Probably the two numbers I use the most in everyday language. So I have to write an article to celebrate the event. I’ve been in Barcelona for a week. Enough time to repair my bike, to do touristy stuff, to rest, to cook, and to ride myLire la suite « Twelve… Thousand… »

A Pyrrhic victory

Day 240, Barcelona, 11.833 km Alas, the hardest part was done, the Pyrenees were cleared, the border was passed, morale was high and a good night’s rest was in sight. But a moment of inattention, a tight turn in the road unfortunately undid all these beautiful plans and put an end to the glorious journeyLire la suite « A Pyrrhic victory »

DOUBLE BREAK!

Day 192, Avignon, 11.231 km I had left Jay at the repair shop before the holidays, my heart full of hope and my head full of plans, already rejoicing at the idea of ​​skirting the Mediterranean from Spain, hair in the wind and facing the sun, while the rest of Europe would suffer from coldLire la suite « DOUBLE BREAK! »

Christmas!

Day 154, Avignon, 10.763 km Here we are, slowly but surely, I’m approximately halfway. 5 months already since I left under the sun in Hamburg, and I ended up arriving in Avignon. And since Jay was starting to limp a little (I’m breaking a spoke every other day at the moment), I decided to offerLire la suite « Christmas! »

It’s Raclette time!!

Day 147, Toulouse, 10.251 km The advantage of being welcomed by friends and family is that the question of meals often comes up: « Is there something that would make you happy? – Everything except rice. And I eat a lot”. People also know that I love cheese (where I go, cheese platters die out), soLire la suite « It’s Raclette time!! »

The cyclist and the sun

Day 142, Bordeaux, 9.835 km A cyclist who has cycled all summer,Found himself very helplessWhen the North wind came.Impossible during the dayTo warm up just one moment.He went to yell scandalTo the Sun, this vandal,Begging him to lend himSome ray to subsistUntil March or April.I will pay you, he said,Before August, if I ride,Principal andLire la suite « The cyclist and the sun »

COVID stopped me…

Day 108, Nouan Le Fuzelier, 8.628 km Confucius used to say that a picture speaks more than 1000 words … Here is my picture for today: But since I have to find new occupations for the 8 hours of cycling a day that I will not be doing for the next month, I will startLire la suite « COVID stopped me… »

Bike overboard!!

Day 92, Rouen, 7.592 km A new initiation for Jay and Bob in the last days: we went to see the sea! To be fair, we are talking about the North Sea, I did not dare to go for a dip either, but it is still the sea! And on top of things, under theLire la suite « Bike overboard!! »

Back to the roots

Day 83, Frankfurt, 6.597 km 8 days. An eternity. An 8 days break (I am not counting the trip to Strasbourg, I had no luggage and no mountains to climb to justify it), 8 days without biking. In one go, almost as many days off as in the previous month and a half, and ILire la suite « Back to the roots »

The longest day

Day 73, Barr, 6.084 km It flashed through my mind as I was planning my trip between Beaune and Barr: “What if …”. Then it went away quickly and I didn’t think about it anymore. And on the road to Besançon it came back: “What if I did it in one day …”. And theLire la suite « The longest day »

Autumn Break

Day 68, Beaune, 5.728 km Change of pace since the last article: I’ve spent more time eating and drinking than riding my bike during the past week. Some memorable moments anyway: part of journey at night, the 4 passes of the Chartreuse massif, the departure from La Féclaz under the storm, or the “Chemin desLire la suite « Autumn Break »

Never say never

Day 60, Lyon, 5.228 km It’s over, my pneumatic immunity is gone… The question often came up during conversations on the road: “What about incidents? – I was really lucky so far, just a spoke to change and some worn brake pads – Not a single flat tire? – Not one !” When I arriveLire la suite « Never say never »

Les jolies colonies de vacances, … (song from Pierre Perret)

For these who are not 100% familiar with French music, this might help understand the title: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeCM3V2lqfw Day 54, Clermont, 4.947 km July 1997, a small village lost in the heart of the Ardèche region, France. Little Pierre is torn between contradictory feelings: on one hand, he will have to live without his mother forLire la suite « Les jolies colonies de vacances, … (song from Pierre Perret) »

Sweet France

Day 51, Valence, 4.641 km No offense to my Berlin, Vienna and Rolle friends (and hosts), France has a little something that the countries I have just crossed do not have: it is (very) densely populated with family members, friends, friends of family members, friends of friends, etc … which makes its crossing much livelier!Lire la suite « Sweet France »

Winter is coming!

Day 48, Rolle, 4.302 km It seems that winter is coming (scientists agree that it begins around December 21, let’s see if it’s like that this year again…) and the last days have shown me that I was clearly not equipped for it… Cycling in the rain, all right, but in the snow, not allLire la suite « Winter is coming! »

Life for two…

Day 40, Hohenems (let’s say Bregenz), 3.486 km Two days, two stages, two bikes, two cyclists, two pairs of sunglasses, two… (I can still go on like this for a long time but we’re not going to make an article of it… let’s get back to business!!). For the first time since leaving Hamburg, ILire la suite « Life for two… »

Alps-inists !

Day 37, Innsbruck, 3.241 km What a day! This 34th day of travel will remain in history books and this for several reasons: first departure in the cold with use of the Autumn-Winter 2020 cycling outfit, a pass at 2,500 m, the 3,000 km mark reached during the descent and finally a “surprise” pass atLire la suite « Alps-inists ! »

One month already…

Day 32, Salzburg, 2.857 km Yes, it’s been a month since Bob joined us. A month of pure happiness, learning how to live with a little Dino, interrupted nights, special moments, changed diapers and prepared baby bottles… It’s also been a month since we left Hamburg. Jay took some scratches. Bob neither put on weightLire la suite « One month already… »

One day in hell

Day 19, Olomouc, 1.636 km And I thought that it would be a piece of cake, that it would pass handily, that it would go like a knife through butter … (and the list is long, I could go on for a little while – I am not 100% sure of the English translation though,Lire la suite « One day in hell »

Prague Summer

Day 16, Prague, 1.351 km Like the Czechs in 68 (I realize that the comparison is a bit ambitious but I needed to explain the title of the article …) I have just made my own revolution: I did not pedal for a single second during the last two days! However, I still wanted toLire la suite « Prague Summer »


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