We’re off

We’re off to Europe on Monday. We’ll begin with a five-week walk in France on the GR5. Our journey starts in Thonon-les-Bains on the South shore of Lake Geneva and roughly follows the Swiss and Italian border to the Mediterranean. We first did this walk in 2011 and we’ve been back several times since for … more

Reading foreign language websites

We are planning trips for later this year. I’m reading websites in French and Spanish. My French is rusty and my Spanish is limited. Sometimes I’d like to magically translate the whole web page, or even better, the whole website, to my language. At the risk of everyone telling me “Didn’t you already know that?”, … more

Strasbourg, France to Arnhem, the Netherlands

On Friday (September 21) we arrived in Arnhem, Netherlands after riding a little over 700 km from Strasbourg. It is the best and most varied riding we have enjoyed on this trip. Our route took us from France through much of Luxembourg and through parts of Belgium and Germany. Most of the way we were … more

Rhône Cycle Route – 3

We are in Saint Gilles at the end of our Rhône River ride. From Avignon we rode South to Arles, then continued South into the Camargue (the large delta where the Rhône flows into the Mediterranean Sea). We spent two nights in the Camargue in the small town of Salin de Giraud, then did a … more

Rhône Cycle Route – 2

Reaching southern France We have had a good 12 days of riding along the Rhône route. The terrain has leveled out since our big descent on the first day from the Furka Pass, but still offers the occasional climb. Cycling through the Valais valley in Switzerland was delightful—good roads, good signage, good weather, and beautiful … more