Loire D5 – Germigny-Orléans

Last day of the trip After getting some flowers for Claudine’s bike, we could enjoy the sunny day on our way to Orléans. The F.R.A.C. F.R.A.C.s are regional centers for contemporary art built around the 80s. There is one per region of France and we got the opportunity to visit the Région Centre’s FRAC. Each ...

Loire D4 – Gien-Germigny-des-Prés

Leaving Gien Leaving Gien gives you a weird feeling, as quite fast you find yourself cycling in the fields and given the big horizon you get, you get to see perfectly the nuclear plants around the Loire river, which gives a weird feeling after days cycling in nature. Religious architecture Leaving the nuclear plants behind ...

Loire D3 – Sancerre-Gien

Leaving Sancerre At the moment we left Sancerre it was raining, but luckily for us the way down was easy and the extra drag of the rain coats wasn’t a true negative factor and gave the the perfect opportunity for some high-contrast pictures. Luckily for us the sky cleared-up right before lunch so we could ...

Loire D2 – Beffes-Sancerre

Leaving Beffes From the Vélocamping, the Canal latéral is just across the street, so instead of getting to the Loire, we decided to follow the canal path towards Argenvières and from there heading back to the river. A little bit later you have the option to cross to La Charité sur Loire, a small town with a ...

Loire D1 – Nevers – Beffes

Nevers Nevers was a fast visit for us. We arrived there late and that night walked around to get a grasp of the city. Next morning we took off but not before getting a last glimpse of the city by day. We left through the south of the city crossing the river on the Pont ...

Preparing for a bike trip

We’ve recently finished our third bike trip in Europe, and though this doesn’t turn us into experts, we’ve learned some interesting stuff about preparing a trip. In a nutshell, the things you need to understand is that the key is to balance between the weight you want to carry and the preparedness you want to ...

VenTo D10 – Gorino-Adria

As a bonus, we decided to document our way back, as it is also part of the trip and it was full of adventures. The initial plan Before arriving to Italy our plan was to cycle to Codigoro to take the train to Bologna, as this is the nearest train station from Gorino. After a ...

VenTo D9 – Ariano-Gorino

Leaving Ariano We left Ariano with a good taste in our mouths. The two owners of the B&B were really good at their work and very considerate. Breakfast was plentiful and good, and they gave us some fruit and water for the road. Since there were not too many options, we took the fancy B&B ...

VenTo D8 – Ferrara Ariano

Back to Pedaling We woke up early and went to a nearby pasticceria to start the day with a cappuccino and pastries. From there we left Ferrara through the Francolino (Via dei Calzolai) cycle path, all the way to the Argine. Once you get there, it’s a straight road to Ariano. There are not many ...

VenTo D7 – Ferrara

Cittá delle biciclette Ferrara, Cittá delle biciclette (city of bikes), although no more than the others we’ve seen so far, but indeed everybody’s on a bike. From the fanciest Italians to the hippest of youngsters. Life on the road The first thing you need to know when traveling by bike is that the only clothes ...

VenTo D6 – Melara-Ferrara

We left our lovely B&B very early to avoid the heat and got to follow the Argine all the way. Going off-guide Once again we decided to go off the guide and do our own road. Most people follow the south side of the Po, crossing at Ostiglia, but as it was very hot we ...

VenTo D5 – Mantova-Melara

Back on the saddle Today we followed mostly the Bikeline guide instructions. Leaving Mantova was a bit of an adventure as at some point the EV8 was indicated to the left and Bikeline’s road was straight ahead. As we’ve mentioned before, the road indications haven’t been that consistent, so we decided to follow the guide. ...

VenTo D4 – Sabbioneta-Mantova

Sabbioneta We left our hotel (Albergo Giulia Gonzaga). A very good family-run hotel with friendly and helpful staff and, on top of that, they serve a great breakfast consisting of good quality local products. Officially it is a 1-star hotel, though that is probably only because they do not have a pool or something of ...

VenTo D3 – Giornata parmigiana

Bike + Train day After our disco party night with the locals, we embarked on a day trip to Parma. As Sabbioneta is about 6km from Casalmaggiore, we cycled through calm local roads to catch a train to Parma which was a 30min ride. Almost there The whole region is actually a vast network of ...

VenTo D2 – Cremona-Sabbioneta

Day 2 took us 60km from Cremona to the the small town of Sabbioneta

VenTo D1 – Piacenza-Cremona

First day of our cycling trip along the Po The day started when we found a nice traditional bakery for our breakfast and a calm café near Piacenza’s main square. Leaving Piacenza we went over the bridge to the left bank of the Po and started cycling on the path that goes above the river ...

Canal de Bourgogne

Getting there This weekend we decided to go for a quick weekend ride along the Canal de Bourgogne. Leaving Paris from the Bercy train station we took the regional train to Montbard (1h ride), and from there we cycled to Tonnerre. Arriving to Montbard, we decided to stay not far from there (Rougemont) after a ...

Pantumacona

Every year for the last couple of years, European cycling groups, specially Italians, Spanish and French, have been working together to organise European Critical Masses. In 2016 was the turn of Barcelona and to celebrate the Catalan City, they dcidd to name it Pantumacona (for Pantumaquet, the Catalan dish. After discussing with our friends Auri ...

About e-bikes

This is the first time we try e-bikes, and it was quite positive! Many people tell me the same thing when we talk about e-bikes: That’s cheating. But I don’t see it as cheating. I’ve discussed this topic more than once and I see several positive effects: E-bikes as a gateway bike For the untrained ...

Langhe D4

Our last day with the bikes we decided to keep it short and just went for a quick ride to the Capella del Barolo and then lunch at La Morra. After three days of riding, we decided it was the time to sit for a while in a bench: You can see the routes we ...

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