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Join Date: Apr 2002
Bikes: A lot: Raliegh road bike, 3 fixed gears, 2 single speeds, 3 Cannondales, a couple of Schwinns
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Machka, a couple of things, I don't think there will be any problem with taking it on the train. I did so on the local runs that aren't much different than the one you would take from Calis. Of course I was also looked at as the "estupid amerrrikahnn."
Second in '81 I hitchhiked from Calai to Paris in a day, so it can be done relatively easily by bike, and would be a great warm up for the P-B-P. I know you've posted about time constraints and the like, but what would work is to sag via train your kit and and then ride to Paris, or St. Quinten.
Third, I envy this trip, but will be there in four more years. I've got a load to learn about brevets, and getting registered with RUSA. Good Luck!