October 1 is the official day I start thinking about itineraries for next summer’s bicycling trips and one of my favorite days of the year! I normally start with a list of my top 5, and from there, narrow down to one route that offers the promise of great scenery and a fun summer adventure. This year I’ll report on each of my top possibilities, so even they all won’t make my final top choice, they may make yours! Also during this planning time, I’ll provide updates on some of the most popular bicycling itineraries and resources so that you can be sure you have the latest information for your trip planning. If there are any particular itineraries that you are interested in, please let me know and I will try to include them in upcoming reports. Stay tuned for the unveiling of my top 5 list later in October.
My planning will need to wait a couple of weeks because this year I am lucky enough to squeeze in a fall bicycling trip and I’ve chosen to return to Provence. From the Roman towns of Orange and Vaison la Romaine, I will explore some of the new signposted cycling itineraries around Mont Ventoux and the vineyards of the Cotes du Ventoux and the Cotes du Rhone. I have to admit I am a little nervous as I am a bit intimidated by the thought of bicycling under the shadow of Mont Ventoux, but my local tourism friends assure me that there is plenty of cycling in this area for normal people like me. For better or worse, I will be reporting from the road, so I hope you’ll come back to read about my adventures! This trip my husband and I will also be experimenting with a GPS for the first time, and I will also try posting photos to Instagram.
I hope you’ve noticed that my blog has a new design which will make accessing the site easier on all devices. In addition, it’s easier to access information on similar articles by simply clicking on the category at the beginning of each article. I’ve added a store that will make it easier to purchase my new guidebooks as they are released. Other products that will help make trip planning and traveling by bike overseas easier will be added in 2014. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think of the new design.