Bicycling the Loire: A Sad Au Revoir for Now

By Maggie LaCoste

I am so sad that my time biking the Loire has all too quickly come to an end, as there is so much more to see and do.  Unfortunately, new adventures along the Loire a Velo will have to wait for another trip.  My time here has left me eager to experience more adventures and tackle new routes.  The slow and easy pace of life in this region makes it perfect for Slow Travel Adventures, so it is only a matter of time till I will be back.

My days riding along the Loire a Velo were filled with adventure, history, culture, wonderful new friends and unbelievably good food and wine.  Each day was unique and filled with great memories.  From the time I got off the train in Angers to the time I left Blois, I felt welcome and at home in the region.  There is no question that the Loire a Velo organization is working hard to build a safe and easy to use biking network through the Loire.  But it was the French people who we met along the way in every village and town that we visited who made this trip a very special bicycle trip.  I can’t wait to get home and begin working on my book on biking the Loire, and, planning my next trip here!

For now, I am off to Burgundy to bicycle the wine route south of Beaune and to explore the Voie Verte and canal cycle routes of Southern Burgundy.  Here are some of my favorite pictures along the Loire.

Bike path along the Loire

Chinon castle from across the river

Incredible scenery

Amboise Castle

Half-timbered buildings in Amboise

Paella at the Sunday market in Amboise

The pathway to Chenonceau castle

View of the Loire from Amboise

 

 

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.

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