Cycling in Normandy, Day 1, Spectacular!

It’s hard to know where to begin with my experience today, other than to say that I’ve never really had a day like this. I can hardly keep my eyes open, but I just had to share a few thoughts, and photos before I drift off. I love history, and France is full of it, but visiting the D-Day Beaches is different than visiting castles or Roman ruins. As a touring American like me, this is a very important part of our history too and to have this experience by bike is something that’s difficult to describe.

Here are just two of my favorite photos from the day:


Hopefully tomorrow we will get to our B&B early enough to write more about the day. Day 1 was definitely a great one!

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 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. Welcome to the alternate universe of cycle touring again Maggie! I’ll bet it feels good to be back in the saddle.

    We Canadians are a little touchy about it being seen as “American history”. It is of course but the US came into the war late in spite of the allies pleading for help. A great book about that is called “Citizens of London” that reads like a novel. The official British history gives an estimated figure of 156,115 men landed on D-Day. This comprised 57,500 Americans and 75,215 British and Canadians from the sea and 15,500 Americans and 7,900 British from the air. Ellis, Allen & Warhurst 2004, pp. 521–533. American history often overlooks or minimizes the very significant role of the other forces. Just saying…..

    Looking forward to more posts!

    1. Dear Jennifer,

      Thanks for the quick note, and I definitely appreciate your comment. As I wrote this post at 11:30 pm after cycling over 70 km, I knew that the wording was probably not ideal. Needless to say, the D-Day effort was a giant team effort on the part of the Allies, the U.S being just one part. The point that I wanted to make was that visiting these sites as an American is a very different experience than visiting many other historical areas in France. Thanks for being such a great follower. And yes, it is great to be cycling in France, although my legs today are a bit beat!

      Maggie LaCoste
      Experience France By Bike