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An architectural ramble-amble
on 12 April 2015
A gentle ride through France for those who prefer to take their time and visit places of interest, in particular, ancient buildings, monuments castles and cathedrals. Personally I would not have spent half the time visiting these places, but rather more concentrated on the cycling adventure and of course the people met on the way. His accommodation, whilst keeping the cost down, certainly must have detracted something of his comfort zone. I did a fair amount of cycle camping, alone and independently, when doing the LEJOG ride in UK. But I varied it with hostels and B&B's on the way.This was by far the best way and both can be appreciated for their own merits.
I probably enjoyed his book on the Danube ride more because I had also completed it from Pasau in Germany to Vienna. His section on Poland was interesting as I now live there.
He certainly did not seem to push himself or over exert in any way whatsoever. As he never seemed
to complain about aches and pains or exhaustion like other cycle authors. But then they probably were cycling 100km daily which seems quite standard for most of them. And they certainly would
not have time on their deadline schedule to mess about with ancient monuments. Perhaps this book is a refreshing change to the motto of going flat out for all you are worth as its not always necessary to enjoy yourself, which is, after all, the point.