just a trike




With Rummys' - anyone at all remember the unlamented Rummsfield? - 'new' Europe joining with 'old', there are even more countries added to those that we think of as Europe. A heap of different climates, cultures, cuisines, languages, landscapes etc etc all packed into a contiguous land mass. How can a cyclist resist?



There are plenty of well-known bike routes in Europe like the Romantic Road in Germany, the Danube Bike path in Austria, long-distance bike paths in Scandanavia and paths to Prague and beyond in 'new' Europe to name a few, that all beckon

Europe's possibilities are magic, the choices of where to ride are endless (and the temptations boundless...)



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France   My first experience with a packaged tour: 2005

August was the only time I could get away and it's not a great cycling time in the northern hemisphere - too hot, too many tourists and so-on - so, I took a commercial 'self-guided' tour of Provence in southern France. All I had to do was ride, my accommodation, my evening meals were pre-arranged and more importantly, my gear was taken from hotel to hotel for me


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France   My second experience with a packaged tour: 2008

Again, August was the only time I could get away and so I repeated the '05 experience but this time it's a very lazy couple of hundred k's along the Loire à Vélo


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EuroVelo 6   A 3500 km ride across Europe: 2012

Yes, the EuroVelo 6 route crosses France!

And Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Romania too - but I went to Turkey instead of going to Romania...


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Europe Redux   Another long ride thru Europe: 2014

A lazy loop thru Europe in 2014 via EuroVelo long-distance cycle routes 2, 4, 5 and 9

And the Rhine, and Nekar Radwegs as well as the R1 and a bit of riding in England...


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France   An incredibly lazy tour: 2015

A lazy doddle along the Loire à Vélo from Orléans to Saint-Nazaire, swinging across Brittany to Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel before heading to the D-Day beaches for a (very) brief visit

And being completely indolent, I haven't created a new page, rather, you can see my Crazy Guy on a Bike blog. Of course, the sharp-eyed amongst you will note that this was a trikeless ride, I rode a (rented) 'wedgie'...


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Germany/Italy   Challenging myself: 2016

A non-lazy route thru the Alps in 2016 from Munich to Venice along the Via Claudia Augusta, again using a (rented) 'wedgie'


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Albania   Another challenge: 2017

A non-lazy packaged tour route thru Albania in 2017, again using a (rented) 'wedgie'


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Switzerland/Italy   Even more mountains: 2018

A 'pilgrimage' ride on the Via Francegenia from Zurich to Rome (using a rented 'wedgie' e‑bike)


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Portugal   Yet another challenge: 2019

Another 'pilgrimage' ride on the Caminho Português de Santiago from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela (again using a rented 'wedgie' e‑bike)




What did I find?

Heaps of things!   It's an obviously trite observation, but I learnt heaps about heaps...

A few quick 'take‑aways':
  º   all-in-all a 'self-guided' commercial tour is a very easy way to tour
  º   a 3 month solo ride is a ride of wonderous discovery, mostly of myself...
  º   'Pilgrimage' rides/walks involve fabulous camararderie and end in great personal satisfaction, no matter how shit individual days have been
  º   using an e‑bike, I've tackled rides I would never have dreamed of attempting before, like riding thru both Swiss and Italian Alps
  º   and for what it's worth, those cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys were actually really friendly, welcoming folk. Nary a trace of the fabled uppity Frog...


Copyright © 2003 - Grant Walter   Version: 1.1 (February 27 2021)


Backgound image: EuroVelo 6 bike path near Ehingen, Germany
Banner image: Paris, France