When I read the message to Amanda, I think we both knew that cycling in France was something that had to be done. We’ve both become interested in Le Tour de France, and I was itching to ride some singletrack in the Alps. I had even considered racing in the “Mountain of Hell Bike Race” in Les 2 Alpes, which starts at the top of the mountain on a glacier, and ends 30km away in a field.
Then of course there were our friends we met through warmshowers.org, Emmanuel & Nawal, who stayed with us in Vancouver before setting out across Canada. Some emails were exchanged with them, and a route fleshed out. Hopefully we will get to ride bikes with them for a few days!
Our plan has slowly morphed into a cross-continent ride (North/South) from Amsterdam to Barcelona. While we may not end up cycling all of it, we hope to cycle most of it, creating new memories and meeting new people along the way!
Andrew writes: We had such an awesome night last night. We ate some great “Tex-Mex” food at the Indiana Cafe. I had a burrito and Amanda had an enchilada. They were “American” sized! Afterwards we went to the cafe beneath our hotel for a nightcap….
Amanda writes: So yesterday was pretty awesome after Andrew posted up the blog. We went and did our self guided tour of Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Our guide book we bought was great and easy to read and navigate on the Kindle. The…