Category: Cycling the Loire Valley


Not Up to Bicycling the Loire? Try the Loire by Donkey!

By Maggie LaCoste During our two week trip along the Loire this summer we saw some interesting bike configurations, and interesting packing jobs, but nothing prepared us for the sight of donkeys on the Loire! We saw families with the most inventive hookups for kids bikes:   We saw inventive carriers and packing jobs:  


A Bicyclist’s Worst Nightmare: Stairs at the End of the Day!

By Maggie LaCoste Most recreational cyclists  don’t spend six months getting ready for an overseas biking trip. Other than running and playing tennis, I really don’t do much if any bicycling before a trip, mainly because I won’t bike on our local streets and highways because they are not really that safe for cyclists.  So


Bicycling the Loire: Best Maps For Your Trip

By Maggie LaCoste If you are planning a bike trip to the Loire, or are thinking about planning a bike trip to the Loire, Cher or Indre Rivers, there are several maps that can help with your trip planning. The best overall trip planning map is available on request and it is free.  Called “La


Au Revoir to the Loire a Velo and Chateaux a Velo!

By Maggie LaCoste Ten days and 500 km went by much too fast!   These two bicycling itineraries are definitely among my favorites in France.  The bike paths are peaceful, safe and well-signposted, there are many attractions to see along the way, and in between the attractions, the scenery is gorgeous.  I think I enjoyed


Bicycling the Loire: On the Road to Orleans

By Maggie LaCoste Few names evoke more reverence in this part of France than Joan of Arc, and today we head east for Orleans, the last destination of our biking adventure on the Loire.  From the pleasant village of Montlivault to St-Dye-sur-Loire to the medieval gem of Beaugency, we bicycled up the Loire toward the town that