The Simplicity Of Experiencing Europe By Bike

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!

 

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.

  1. You said it, Maggie. Slow travel is the way to go. I just started the first leg of my Mosel River trip today. It officially begins Saturday, but I thought I’d get out and try the Veloroute Charles le Teneraire from Metz to Thionville. Like you said, it’s very relaxing. I look forward to writing the first blog-post of my multi trail journey.

    1. Glad that you are having a great time….with such spectacular scenery, it’s pretty hard not to!

      Maggie LaCoste

    2. Hi There!

      Hope all is good with you. Hoping that you can send me an e-mail address so that I can send you an Experience France By Bike hat from the summer promotion! I can’t believe it’s October already, I am surely a bit behind!! Anyway, please send when you have a minute!

      Maggie LaCoste

  2. Hello Maggie,
    We thoroughly enjoy you comments and share the same philosophy of biking. You have completely captured our thoughts about biking in France (Europe) too. And previously you have described the attitude one should have on approaching a biking trip. We have commented more than once, that our packing and travel would be much simpler if we were biking. We would take less and make do with what we have. We have yet to apply it completely but make some effort.

    Your comments always remind us of our trips and provide new possibilities. Thanks so much.

    John and Kathy Soehnlein
    Janesville, WI

    1. Dear John and Kathy,

      Thanks so much for such a nice note! Traveling along a spectacular bike path or river in France, Germany, Austria, etc. is the best therapy anyone could ever ask for. Our 20+ years of bicycling has had a significant impact on our lives back in the states, especially the simplicity part. It’s amazing how very little you need to get by, especially when you have to cart around the stuff that you have! While I wouldn’t call my bicycle touring style rustic, I am completely content with simple, owner-operated B&B’s and gites that you would never find if you were traveling by car. Exploring Europe by bike is definitely the best way to see Europe through the backdoor! I hope that I will be able to interest you in some new itineraries in the months ahead!

      Thanks for reading Experience France By Bike!

      Maggie LaCoste