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by aquilegia
15 Nov 2014, 2:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Favourite country?
Replies: 36
Views: 6324

Re: Favourite country?

France - It has an excellent network of quiet secondary roads with little traffic. The landscape varies enormously across the country. Cyclists are respected. The food is wonderful.
by aquilegia
11 May 2014, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or Alps
Replies: 6
Views: 2269

Re: choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or A

Thanks everyone for the additional comments. As for the Galibier, it will very likely still be closed. It opened last year on 8 June, and I think there was a lot of snow in the Alps this past winter. BTW, I happened to see the Tour de France quite by accident many years ago. I cross the Col d'Allos ...
by aquilegia
10 May 2014, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or Alps
Replies: 6
Views: 2269

Re: choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or A

Thanks for your comments, stu1102. We'd be doing this at about the end of the first week of June, and I'm afraid that the Galibier will likely still be closed. I see that the Croix de Fer is already open.
by aquilegia
9 May 2014, 6:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cotentin peninsula west coast
Replies: 10
Views: 2274

Re: Cotentin peninsula west coast

I biked from Cherbourg down the west coast to Mont St. Michel, then Brittany, years ago. I don't recall much about the portion from Cherbourg to Granville. South of Granville was nice with great views of Mont St. Michel. Unfortunately, to reach Mont St. Michel, you have to go a fair bit east through...
by aquilegia
7 May 2014, 4:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Trains - Caen to Nantes
Replies: 13
Views: 9291

Re: French Trains - Caen to Nantes

I looked at 22 May, and just now at 29 May. Each was different, and apparently 8 May is different from each of those. One [i]ter [/i]routing available on 29 May had a connection in Rennes, as opposed to Le Mans or Paris. The upshot is that each day searched appears to have different possibilities. B...
by aquilegia
7 May 2014, 1:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Trains - Caen to Nantes
Replies: 13
Views: 9291

Re: French Trains - Caen to Nantes

I forgot one other detail: If you have a connection in Paris, you will arrive at the Gare St. Lazare, but your departure to Nantes will be from the Gare Montparnasse.
by aquilegia
7 May 2014, 3:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or Alps
Replies: 6
Views: 2269

choice between famous Tour de Fr climbs in Pyrenees or Alps

I'll soon be touring in France with a friend who would like to ride up at least 2 of the more famous Tour de France climbs. They could be in either the Pyrenees or the Alps. I've already biked up some of the famous and some of the not-so-famous climbs in both mountain ranges. (Personally, I have no ...
by aquilegia
7 May 2014, 2:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: French Trains - Caen to Nantes
Replies: 13
Views: 9291

Re: French Trains - Caen to Nantes

It is tricky to get from Caen to Nantes by train. There are no direct trains. The best option (and there were only a couple per day on the random day (a Thursday) I checked on the SNCF website) is with a transfer in Le Mans. Both trains would be "ter" trains which accept bicycles. There is...
by aquilegia
15 Jul 2010, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First French Alpes Tour :-) Route?
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: First French Alpes Tour :-) Route?

[quote="enigmatic"]Malaucene is no harder than from Sault, just starts steeper and less shelter from the sun. <snip> Col du Lauteret is the main road from Grenoble to Briancon, lots of traffic including HGV's and one big tunnel which can be frightening. [/quote] From Malaucene, you climb 1...
by aquilegia
14 Jul 2010, 7:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: First French Alpes Tour :-) Route?
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: First French Alpes Tour :-) Route?

I visited Vaison-la-Romaine the same day I went up Mont Ventoux (from Sault) and descended toward Orange via Malaucene & Vaison-la-Romaine. Vaison is a very nice town, both the medieval town and the Roman ruins in the modern town on the other side of the river. I would not advise attempting Mont...
by aquilegia
8 Jul 2010, 7:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring where you don't speak the language
Replies: 19
Views: 1224

Re: Touring where you don't speak the language

Before I went to Thailand, I bought a phrase book and listened to Thai tapes from a library, mainly to become familiar with the tones. I didn't need to use the phrase book too often, but it was very helpful each time I did. People would smile at my mangled Thai but they did understand me and helped ...
by aquilegia
26 Jun 2010, 11:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Auxerre to Agen; any route advice or opinion?
Replies: 2
Views: 308

Re: Auxerre to Agen; any route advice or opinion?

For the latter part of your route, I would urge you to follow either the Dordogne and/or the Lot/Célé rivers as much as you can. Both valleys are gorgeous, flat, and it's easy to find small roads with little traffic. Figeac westward to Cahors is wonderful. I've crossed the Massif Central east to wes...
by aquilegia
19 Jun 2010, 2:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D-Day Ride, Done It
Replies: 6
Views: 4481

Re: D-Day Ride, Done It

How extraordinary! That is indeed my bike. It's a shame we didn't meet in person. The previous day while riding to Grandcamp, I passed many cyclists heading westward. When I arrived in Grandcamp, I shared a beer with 4 stragglers from what turned out to be a British group. They told me hadn't seen a...
by aquilegia
19 Jun 2010, 3:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: D-Day Ride, Done It
Replies: 6
Views: 4481

Re: D-Day Ride, Done It

Very nice write up. I was there at the same time, and I wonder if the touring bike I saw in the rack when leaving the American cemetery on the morning of June 5 was yours? Mine was the folding bike. It was an amazing experience to be in Normandy during the anniversary. I, too, had an opportunity to ...
by aquilegia
27 Apr 2010, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycles on the Renfe trains or Alsa buses in Spain.
Replies: 7
Views: 2116

Re: Bicycles on the Renfe trains or Alsa buses in Spain.

FEVE operates a network of narrow gauge trains in northern Spain, and they all permit you to roll your bike with you onto their trains. I took a FEVE train to get to the outskirts of Bilbao to begin riding last year, and used them at other times when the weather deteriorated. In the following map, F...