It’s just a couple of days since I returned home from my whirlwind trip to explore bicycle routes in Alsace France and then crossing over into Germany to explore the Mosel and Rhine Rivers. To say that this was an extraordinary trip is an understatement. It was amazing in so many ways: 3 weeks with no rain, the opportunity to explore 3 very different regions by bike, spectacular wine, lovely places to stay, incredible landscape and amazing new friends.
Looking back at these 3 weeks of bicycling through the European countryside, what I miss the most is the pure simplicity of each day on the bike. One day off the bike and I was already missing the simplicity of the last three weeks. While there are so many benefits to experiencing Europe by bike, it’s the joy of slow travel that I have come to appreciate the most.
I love the slow pace of life and the simple decision making: what time to get up, where to stop for mid-morning coffee, how many kilometers to bike for the day, whether to take a deviation from the bicycle path, whether to have a picnic lunch or eat in a cafe along the route, whether to stop for a wine tasting, deciding where to stop for the night and where to go for dinner.
Traveling by bike in Europe is the perfect antedote to the hectic, fast-paced life that most of us live today. It’s this simplicity that I look forward to the most, and it’s what I miss the most when my trips are over. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to experience the simplicity of life on a bike and see a side of Europe that few tourists have the opportunity to enjoy. I can’t wait to share more details about my recent travels and hopefully to entice you to plan a bicycling adventure for the future!