If you go
Train so that you know that you can cover the 25-30 miles each day. You will also be sitting on a bike for as many as five hours a day for consecutive days. (The bicycle seats, however, were comfortable.) An electric bike is also an option.
Slow down, relax and enjoy the beauty of France as you pedal along.
The path along the canal can be slow going and sometimes bumpy, but those conditions create a leisurely pace. The French have mastered l’art de vivre, the art of living, with their slower lifestyle, stores closed on Sundays and long, leisurely lunches and dinners. We can learn a lot from them.
Have a sense of adventure. You’ll be traveling past and through French villages to explore and meeting people in cafes. At one, we began chatting with a couple from Australia and it turned out they knew my Australian cousin.
Enjoy the freedom to relish France’s famed cuisine, including croissants and pain au chocolate, knowing that you will pedal them right off that day.
Take the train. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on France’s fast trains. The experience is a luxury we don’t have here and is not to be missed.