The definition of a cycling holiday is that we spend the whole day on the bike. Sometimes we rent a holiday studio and leave every day from the same location, sometimes we take the bags on the bike and do a big tour, doesn’t matter, I’m in a good mood the minute I start pedaling. I’ve done this with my parents since I was a small child and took it up with my husband as well: first camping as students to save on money, then after a 15 year hiatus we somehow rolled back into it and have gotten into the habit of at least one bike trip per year.
This was our first cycling trip in a very long time, so we took the easy route through the Ardennes. We left from home with basic luggage mounted on the bikes and cycled five days to Reims where we were picked up by car. Nothing to do all day but pedal, chat and admire the scenery, supremely relaxing.
We do two loops of this 1000 km trail, following bike trails and farmer’s roads through the maize, encountering a great many castles on the way and particularly enjoying the German food and beer.
A year after our five day trip to Reims we hop on the bike again, this time to cycle 700 km around the Burgundy area in France. It’s a hilly area, but we’re cheating and following canals and waterways most of the way. It’s spring so nature is loud both in colour and sound. We have some rainy and some dry days, but are never bored.
The remaining two trails amount to about 400 km, so this time we take it a bit easier. It’s a bit weird due to the COVID-19 crisis, but we quickly get used to the restrictions and mouth masks and honestly outside on the bike seems like one of the safest places to be right now.
A bit shorter than planned due to difficulties with knees and despite of the rain, my Mom and I still had a lot of fun. We made it to the coast, following rail roads and waterways all the way.