There we go!

Arrived in Paris last night and received a warm welcome by Jérôme and his family.  Daughter baked cookies with lots of chocolate! Jerome is writer of several books about everyday cycling and cycling subcultures and a popular cycling blog. And of course he likes to ride his racing bike.The ideal host to stay for a few days and explore the city with.

The departure from Driebergen and Utrecht was a bit hectic. Making sure that everything ends up in the right place in the bags, a bit of stress to be on the Domplein on time. Lots of encouragement through social media.  However, the familiar holiday rhythm of breaking up, cycling, eating and finding a place to sleep and set up a tent soon returned. The familiar feeling of freedom. The wind was in my back, the temperature was pleasant and the roads along the canals made it very smooth. 

Cycling along canals is easy to navigate, but a bit boring. You don’t see much of the environment.

The route through Brussels was also easy, a Dutch couple that I spoke to at the campsite in the evening, had a lot more trouble with it. Cycling in the city is always a bit chaotic, because cycling infrastructure is created later. My strategy of keeping a close eye on a local cyclist heading in roughly the same direction still works. Sometimes cycling on the right, sometimes left on the bus lane, and sometimes also in the median strip, I’ve experienced it all again.
Paris has made great strides and that’s quite a difference from the other places I’ve passed through. The EuroVelo route 3 was largely on towpaths and quiet roads, but sometimes a busy road was unavoidable. The man who took my picture warned me about the French drivers. In general I experience them as very respectful and they keep a good distance. Would this be different in the Netherlands because there are often separate bicycle paths and when cycling on the road is seen as an infringement for the motorist? Or because there is so much more cycling in the Netherlands? Or are the Dutch more in a hurry in general? I’m not over it yet.  Let’s take a closer look at the city first

Cycling left in the bus lane, when it works, it works.

5 thoughts on “There we go!

  1. Mijn vrouw en ik hebben ook goede ervaringen met fietsen in Parijs en in Frankrijk. Diverse vooroordelen hebben we geschrapt.
    Veel plezier op je tocht.

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  2. Hello there !
    I read you are heading to Montpellier and I sent you an email, but it might have got lost

    I dont know if you are a morning person, if so I will be happy to show you the city at its best moment : dawn !!

    or share with you a nice tarce to see it by your self

    Looking forward to meeting you anyway !

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