Three weeks cycling EuroVelo 6 across France flew by way too fast!
Despite doubts I had before the trip regarding whether I was fit enough for a 3 week cycling adventure, this was one fantastic trip. I’d never spent 3 weeks cycling before, so I began the trip not knowing if I’d be strong enough to handle 5+ hours/day on the bike, or how well I’d adapt to packing/unpacking 21 days in a row. Not surprisingly, there are some things I would do a bit different if I did the trip again, but my only regret about the trip is that it ended too quickly! From Nantes to Mulhouse, a detour to the Cote d’Or and a slight detour north to Strasbourg at the end of the trip, this cycling adventure was filled with a lifetime of incredible memories.
I’m making my way through my trip notes and the 3,000 photos I took. Looking back on this adventure, I find that every day of the trip was memorable in one way or another. Here are just a few of the things I loved the most about this itinerary.
The Beauty and Tranquility Of The Loire
The floods of 2016 devastated many parts of the Loire. This year, the Loire was a picture of peace and tranquility, the floods from last year just a distant bad memory.
B&B Gems Along The Route
One of my favorite parts of my cycling trips is finding charming places to stay along the route. Happily, our journey along EuroVelo 6 in France did not disappoint in this regard!
Our Mid-Morning Expresso Stops
Tree-lined Cycle Paths
The signposting along EuroVelo 6 is top-notch! My favorites were information signs in the Cote du Beaune and the Jura and Doubs Departments. Signs in these areas made me feel very welcome as a cyclist! Kudos to the Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Department for their efforts to maintain a high level of quality in this area.
Fun Things Along the Route
I find it easy and refreshing to be amused by the silliest things when I’m traveling by bike. Here are two of my favorites from this trip:
Our Lunchtime Picnics
The only thing I like better than our lunchtime picnic is shopping for them. We didn’t eat lunch in a restaurant at all this trip, despite bargain prices for set menus, always under 9€. With the weather so hot, eating a big lunch was not appealing to me, so we settled for several smaller snacks during the day.
A “fancy” picnic lunch with selections from a local charcuterie
Even on gray days with storms looming overhead, fields of sunflowers always make me smile.
Happy To Be Traveling On A Bike Not A Boat
Navigating the locks with a boat looks totally nerve wracking to me. Every lock we passed made me glad to be traveling by bike!
The Doubs Valley
Before my trip I knew nothing about the Doubs Valley, but since the trip, I am one of its biggest fans! There’s one word to describe EV6 through the Doubs Valley: spectacular! Jaw-dropping landscape and scenery and gorgeous towns like Dole, Besancon and Montbeliard make this an area where you really want to linger. This is definitely an area I will return to!
This cycling trip was by far one of my favorites of all times, and I’m looking forward to writing more about my experiences. Incredible scenery, wonderful bike paths and signage, great new friends, fantastic food and wine, and the joy of experiencing new places by bike. Life just doesn’t get any better than this!