El Niño is upon us. In fact, experts at the Weather Channel.com predict “January-March will be wetter than usual over much of the southern tier of the nation, from California to the Desert Southwest.”
While we, in the desert of Southern Utah, welcome the much-needed rain, the gray skies, cold wind, and rain can make biking less…attractive. But instead of pining at the window seal and watching the rain collect on the sidewalk, we thought it would be a better idea to remember drier days on bikes. Specifically, this post will report on our bike riding adventures in France from a little over a year ago. This is part 1 of 2: A Bike Tour in France.
To celebrate a milestone birthday, we triped to France. Naturally, as bike store owners, we were excited to experience a top-rated bike tour. We booked two tours through Bike About Tours; one advertised a unique pedal perspective of the City of Love, and the other took us around famed Versailles.
The bike tour company advertised “smaller groups, insider information, local secrets, great photo ops, local recommendations, English-speaking guides, very safe routes and more.” They delivered just as they said. We biked our way through the history of Paris and even had time for a photo ops like the one below outside The Notre Dame.
The intimate group size of the tour was perfect. Our small numbers enabled us to move nimbly through the streets of Paris. It was fun to meet new people on the tour. We got to ride with a couple from The Netherlands and a young lady who had just finished a humanitarian mission. We also met two couples from the States.
A bike tour through Paris is a great idea. With a bike tour we covered more ground and had more fun doing it. It’s much easier and more enjoyable to tour a city on two wheels. If you find yourself in a city that offers bike tours, we strongly encourage you to consider this way to play tourist.