Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ready to Roll!

Our bags are packed and we're ready to go! On Victoria Day, our trusted carrier Westjet will transport us from Comox, BC to Paris, France to begin our five-week cycle tour following the iconic Eurovelo 3 and 6 routes. Famous (and some infamous) sections along this path are known to cycle tourists around the world. It is a thrill to be amongst this self-propelled slow-moving crowd. Let the spinning begin!

Gear assembly station

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Giggle of the day:

Packing for a cycle tour is the ultimate form of "downsizing." Careful consideration is taken before each and every piece of clothing or gear is loaded into the pannier. We have learned from experience that extra, unnecessary weight is something we are not willing to carry, especially when planning for several weeks in the saddle. Frankly, our list of "must haves" quickly condenses when we take into account headwinds, steep climbs and middle-aged legs. That being said, a certain amount of care and attention must be paid to the bicycle repair kit. Repairing a tent pole or changing a flat tire in the middle of nowhere is not much fun without the right tools as heavy as they may be. We are often asked what item we simply can't do without. Of course, I always answer chocolate and coffee, because without these essentials flat tires always make me cry. However, Rob being more practical than I, not to mention Chief Repair Guy, always makes sure our repair kit includes a full roll of duct tape. We never leave home without it!

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together.

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