October 29, 2014

Contents: Paris to Nice 2014

Back to France, this year riding from Paris to Nice. Inspired by the famous race, the route incorporated some of the towns it has passed through, and roads it has followed during its long history. No, I was not racing, this was again  a tour. Scroll to the bottom for a list of links to individual posts.


The beginning, near the Seine, in Paris
The finish, above the Mediterranean, from the corniche

The more often I travel solo, the more committed to it I get. Guess I've become accustomed to the flexibility it gives me to stop where and when I want; to ride as fast, or as slowly as I want (or can); to detour or not; to choose meals on a whim. 

Regular readers have heard me say that I like to ride the hardest thing I can and still have some fun. Of course, the trick is in figuring out just what that might be. The trick is also in balance: just what does "some fun" amount to; for that matter, what is "hard" ?

This trip was planned to be my longest yet, about 850 miles by the time my bike was packed up to return home. And to better address both hard, and fun, I added some detours that led me away from a typical Paris-Nice race route, turning west to Mont Ventoux and then to the north east for some climbing in the Alps.



The road down Mont Ventoux, during the descent
View in the Alps, from Cime de la Bonette, after a long climb
Lodgings were all reserved in advance, a decision I struggled with while  planning this trip. The flexibility offered by traveling without reservations is appealing. But I am only comfortable cycle touring without reservations when carrying camping gear. There were some serious, long, steep climbs on this trip that I knew would challenge my climbing skills, so I did not want to be more encumbered than my two panniers and handlebar bag made me.

The bulleted items here are the individual posts in my trip. Click anywhere you are interested to start. The next button at the bottom of each section will take you to the following day's post.