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

A Self-Supported or Organized Bike Tour? What You Need to Know to Decide …

I admit it: I used to be a self-supported, bike-touring snob, and looked down upon all the people I rode past who were part of an organized bike tour. Even when they were stopped, in some beautiful garden or next to a castle, eating the delicious lunch the tour-group's catering director had created for them. … Continue reading A Self-Supported or Organized Bike Tour? What You Need to Know to Decide …