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Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's a miracle I survived the day I left Paris. The only possible way South was on National Highway RN20 and let me tell you, 'tis no place for no cycle-tourist. I spent over 2hours zigzagging through the surrounding villages trying to find an alternate route, but all roads ended on RN20. So I toughed it out for about 20km until my map showed other options to take a longer but a more pleasant route south-ish.

But since Paris, I have fallen in love with France. I think Paris started it all for me, and I have had nothing but beautiful countryside to ride through since. Maybe it's my mood, maybe it's my luck with the roads I've been taking; it has all been amazing. Some farm land, some woody forest, some pastures, some walnut trees, some vineyards, some slowwww uphills, some quick downhills, and in between lots of pretty little villages.
When I started this trip France was not a country I was particularly looking foward to, but in a few days I will have ridden it north to south and will be sad to say goodbye.

I don't have much to say, I've just been riding. Some people ask why I don't stay in one place, why I keep moving on; and it's because the experience, the adventure, the travel, happens on the road. The towns are great for their conveniences and their attractions, but it's on the road where you get the feeling that you're really seeing a country. It's when you yell at the wind or feel your sweat drop from your face on your legs, when you smile to see the sun come out after the rain, that you feel like you're really experiencing the day.
However, the most frequent question I am being asked these days is: "How did you get across the Atlantic on your bike?"
Some it's obvious they are joking, but some seem really perplexed! I would politely explain at first, but now I just tell them that I'm not just a strong cyclist, I'm also a good swimmer!


This is it for France ladies and gentlemen,

Until later... au revoir.
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rbruce
rbruce on

Poetic
Beautiful entry. How true it is.

shahla
shahla on

Yahhh very true...
What am i talking about!!!! what do i know???!!!!
i know... i know...
i am traveling with you at convenience of my home...

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