10 Goals For My Cycling Trip In Northern France

I am so excited to begin a new bicycling adventure in France! It seems that every year, I come home with many things I wished I had done more of. This year, I made a list, in advance of things I want to take advantage of, so I will hopefully have fewer regrets. Here is my list:

1. Eat at least one local treat a day. Whether it’s biscuits in the shape of parachutes or some other pastry specialty, I’m going to try at least one every day. Who knows, I may find a new favorite to replace canele from Bordeaux!
2. Try Normandy cider. I’m not a big drinker, but trying Normandy cider hardly requires a major indulgence, but who knows, maybe I will love it, who knows!
3. Eat local mussels. The bouchot mussels from Mont Saint Michel are supposedly some of the best in the world. Seems silly not to try them!
4. Go to every D-Day museum that I can. Since I am fortunate enough to make this trip to bicycle the D-Day to Mont Saint Michel itinerary, I want to experience every part of the history of this event. I know in advance that going to some of these museums will be very emotional. A small price to pay tribute to so many brave people.
5. Try all the local specialties at least once. Salt Meadow lamb, butter from Normandy, galettes, calvados, camembert cheeses, all should be no problem. I ‘m not so certain about andouille from Saint Lo though. I may need a few glasses of Normandy cider before I try andouille.
6. Take time to make at least one new acquaintance each day, and savor each experience. Meeting amazing people is always a favorite part of each bicycling vacation. I hope to have more of these great experiences this trip.
7. Embrace every day, even the tough ones on the bike. OK, I’ m bicycling in Normandy and Brittany, land of rain, so I know there many be at least one day of poor weather (actually will be happy if it’s only one). So I will try to be upbeat about that if it happens. I also will embrace the long days, and just enjoy the adventure and challenge of traveling by bike.
8. Take more photos. No matter how many photos I take, it’s never enough. I will take more!
9. Find more local markets. I will end this trip at the Saturday market in Rennes, the second largest market in France. I am so looking forward to this, but also want to seek out the great small local markets where I can hear great stories from the vendors, who have all the time in the world to talk!
10. Make the most of the adventure of traveling by bike. Take deviations, try a different route, try out that funky cafe for an espresso, join the locals for a pastis at 10 in the morning. I’m traveling in France by bike, so I will embrace the adventure every day!

That’s my list. If I am able to check every one of these from my list, this will be one spectacular vacation! Tomorrow, my trip to Saint Marie du Mont and Utah Beach.

Posted by Maggie LaCoste

I love the adventure and unpredictability of experiencing France by bike. Cycling in France is the ultimate slow travel adventure, an opportunity to see it through the back door in a way few tourists experience. One week on a bike in France and life takes on a different meaning! I created Experience France By Bike to inspire recreational cyclists to visit France the slow way....by bike, and to be the best source of information for planning the perfect bicycling adventure. I encourage readers to embrace the uncertainty of the road ahead and to take the path less traveled, exploring roads, towns and villages that you would never experience traveling by car.

  1. >> Who knows, I may find a new favorite to replace canale from Bordeaux!

    i assume you speak about “canelé” and not “canale”

    bon appétit

    1. Thanks so much for the correction! And of course you are right about the spelling of canele! That is the problem of writing posts late at night! Thanks for reading Experience France By Bike.

      Maggie LaCoste

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