Riding across country with Brian and Mark, a few years back, we all concluded Florida had the best roads by far. That observation continues. Most roads we’ve been on so far have been wonderful. We encountered some bumpy roads today that were better than most roads up north. We also road on some sidewalks thru one stretch where the shoulder got narrow and bumpy. We also were on the East Coast Greenway (Maine to Florida) for a short distance today. We saw more bikers on that trail, which was parallel to Rt. 1, than we saw all 60 of our miles today.
Tomorrow is the toughest ride of this trip simply because of its length. The winds will be out of the south so no help there. Lots of sleep planned tonight.
We had a delightful stay in Casa Monica, formerly the Coronado Hotel It was built in 1887 in the heart of St. Augustine. 2nd day was another relatively short one at a little less than 50 miles. Perfect way to start such a long trek.
The girls caught up to us at a traffic light less than a mile from tonight’s hotel. Right on the ocean. Tomorrow is our first of two long days. Supposed to have a tail wind again. Time to go to bed.
Weather is warm, compared to Philly, but a little cooler than I would have thought. Bright sunshine. Sunscreen will be a high priority.
Today’s ride is less than 50 miles.
Very nice hotel but breakfast is not their strong suit. Burned two slices of bread trying to make my own toast. Easy ride today. At least a quarter of it was on macadam bike trails.
Forgot to mention in earlier posts that we have seen traffic circles this ride. First time since Europe. Total mileage today was 46.
Even though it was short, I still took a nap after the ride. One of my favorite things to do on a bike trip. Helps me rejuvenate for the next day’s ride.
Got a great start after spending 20 minutes attempting to clean the gears on our bikes–it worked– our gear shifters were operating without a hitch. Stopped in Dover,NH for our first break. Nice nice, young lady took this picture of Brian and I.
We switched to Google Bike Maps instead of ACC. We were rooted on some more bike trails. One was gravel and we had to dismount to walk our bikes around some huge puddles.
Today’s ride was not as difficult as we feared. The hills were not as steep as they were in Maine.
Total mileage was 82. Ate dinner at the hotel after a visit to the hot tub. Beddy bye at 8:15.
Started our ride by biking Acadia National Park including Cadillac Mountain. Beautiful sunny day. Biked about 35 miles.
Got passed by an Ebike going up hill. Show offs
Day 2 started in pouring rain. Yuk. It stopped in about an hour but of course we were pretty soaked by then. Went about 62 miles which was a good distance for the first day of touring. We spent the night in Belfast. Reminded me of Montpelier with all the 1800’s brick buildings.
Day 3 was a long tough day. 82 miles with too many steep climbs. Passed thru Camden, Me. Really cute town. We both started having trouble with our shifters. I lost my granny gear which I could have used every climb. Finished in Brunswick. Stayed in the hotel for dinner and several rounds of drinks at the hotel bar, watching the Phillies game. It was very nice of the hotel to have the Phillies game on TV for us.
Day 4 was another soaker. We got wetter and dirtier than we have ever gotten on any of our tours. The worst of it was on a gravel trail for 7 miles. We rode thru most of Portland, Me on a bike trail which was awesome. I must say folks in Maine are some of the most courteous drivers we have encountered. I did get my shifter fixed in Freeport at the L.L. Bean bike shop. It turns out my small sprocket was bent Today’s mileage was 56.
Another perfect day for cycling. Overcast this morning and then sunny this afternoon. We have really been lucky with the weather this year. Another 70 K day which brings our total to 430 K with a little bit more riding tomorrow before we return the bikes.Plan is to then drive to Paris with stops at Chartre and Versailles along the way.
We also return the car at the airport tomorrow. They say it is really difficult to drive in Paris. If it is like what we have experienced so far, the French seem to change the name of the street every couple blocks. That’s what we use street numbers for. Just saying.
Today’s pics for the blog.
It was another perfect day for cycling. We did 65 K with a pretty stiff cross/tail wind that wasn’t much of a factor. Most of the ride was on macadam (roads) again today. We can travel so much faster on macadam as opposed to gravel.
Brian and Mark had very minor falls when they couldn’t get their shoes unclipped after coming to a stop in Amboise because of pedestrians. Mark insists he fell just to keep Brian from suffering the embarrassment alone. Since no one got hurt, I can say it was very comical. A touch of the two stooges.
We ate a light lunch in the town of Amboise after touring the Chateau du Clos Luce, Leonardo da Vinci’s home the last years of his life, 1516 to 1519. Worth seeing but perhaps a touch overpriced. Beth was going to meet us but the parking was limited and she couldn’t get there in time because of a detour due to an accident. She met us for lunch instead and then toured a different chateau while we pedaled off.
Beth passed us coming into Blois (tonight’s destination) but we were able to beat her to the hotel. There is something to be said for traveling by bike in city traffic, especially when there are dedicated bike lanes. I must say that throughout this trip, the motorists have been very courteous to bikers. We assume many drivers also ride bikes.
Walked to a restaurant, as usual. Beautiful vistas in this city. So far, my prettiest city. Didn’t bring my iPad to take pictures tonight. Bummer. Might be able to take a few as we are leaving tomorrow morning.
Today’s pics for the blog.
Tomorrow we plan to stop at Chambord, another chateau. It’s kind of on our way to Orleans where we will spend our last night on the Loire River. It’s hard to believe tomorrow is our last full day of riding. It’s been a great trip. We are thinking next year Germany and then the following year the Provence section of France. We’ll see.
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A great day of cycling. 75 k with a tail wind and almost no gravel/dirt paths. Smooth macadam, some on roads (very little traffic) and the rest on bike paths. We really liked Saumur. A nice city but much smaller than Nantes and Angers. There was a possibility of rain today but it only drizzled a few times. Cloudy for most of the ride which is fine.
The second part of the day was the tour of Villandry, built around 1535 and walking around Tours looking for a good restaurant and we found one with the help of the hotel staff. Need to remember to ask the hotel staff every night.