My Paris Stories … The Great Riot of 1983

My second trip to Paris got a little bit exciting, then quite scary ... and then there were riot police, batons and tear gas. It's 1983: I'm the editor of Vertiflite magazine, a publication of the American Helicopter Society. It's June, I'm in Paris, covering the Paris Air Show, a little in over my head … Continue reading My Paris Stories … The Great Riot of 1983

My Favorite Rides (#3): The Loire’s Azay & Villandry Castle, Apple Loop

The Loire holds a special place in my cycling heart – and history. It was here, in 1985, that I first hopped on a (rented) bike, promptly fell over, and quickly got hooked on cyclotourisme, learned how to read a Michelin map and appreciate a croissant sandwich. That very first ride, from Blois to Chambord … Continue reading My Favorite Rides (#3): The Loire’s Azay & Villandry Castle, Apple Loop

Technology Has Totally Changed Traveling: Remember Traveler’s Checks, Kodachrome & Cyber Cafes?

It began in 1981.  I was just a kid, 22, covering the Paris Air Show for an aviation magazine. I had traveler’s checks, a Walkman with cassettes, and bought several little pieces of paper that had color photos of famous sites on one side - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame - and room to write … Continue reading Technology Has Totally Changed Traveling: Remember Traveler’s Checks, Kodachrome & Cyber Cafes?

The Perils of “Climat” Change & the Horrors of Tete de Veau on a French Bike Trip

As you know, getting the wifi code when you check into your hotel is one of, if not the most important aspects of a French cycling trip. Especially if you're the founding cyclist of the Biking France blog ... and also need to do a WhatsApp chat with your wife back home. But not in … Continue reading The Perils of “Climat” Change & the Horrors of Tete de Veau on a French Bike Trip

The Art of Bike-Trip Packing: Nothing Butt the Best & High-Tech Underwear

I hate when this happens: My tubes of butt balm and sunscreen are next to one another in the bathroom, look similar and … yep! … I mistook the sunscreen for the butt balm, and rubbed some of it, well, you know where I rubbed it. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about the … Continue reading The Art of Bike-Trip Packing: Nothing Butt the Best & High-Tech Underwear