Monthly Archives: June 2011

Questions

Brioude, France:   When the 6:00am alarm went off this morning I decided — or rather, my body decided — to take an impromptu rest day.   I haven’t had a non-cycling day in ten days, since San Sebastian.  Plus … Continue reading

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Tour de Folly

Brioude, France:  As France prepares for the Tour de France to commence in three days, my little bike ride across Europe — which I am making up day-by-day, on the fly — is starting to feel like the Tour de … Continue reading

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From Medieval to Cro Magnon to Modern Reality

Aurillac, France:   After two days of visiting chateaux on my tour of the Dordogne valley, it’s quite easy to get castle fatigue.  Atop almost every hill, it seems, there’s a château.  And since there wasn’t much to do in the middle … Continue reading

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Grooving, Again

Vezac, France:     In the Perigord region of southwestern France I found my groove again, shaking off the funk I experienced in Bordeaux. Yesterday I departed St Vincent de Pertignas and cycled in a northward for just a handful of kilometers … Continue reading

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Meandering

Saint Vincent de Pertignas, France:   It started last night:  I couldn’t decide where I wanted to cycle today.   A night’s sleep didn’t provide any clarity.  This morning, over yet another  baguette with cheese and ham, I felt bored with the … Continue reading

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Churches & Chateaux

Langon, France:   Today I explored Southwestern France from the vantage point of country roads.  Several beautiful village churches, an uninhabited château and an abandoned castle far surpass yesterday’s rain.  Today the clouds menaced all day but the rain stayed away. … Continue reading

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Mimizan, France:   My day started at 1:30am and it deteriorated from there. I awoke to a thunderous siren.   At first I thought it was an errant alarm clock, but it continued and continued until my slumbering brain processed what … Continue reading

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