Hi Touring forum.
I usuallly hang out in Classic and Vintage, but this is special.
Thought you might like to see some recent holiday snaps.
Rode from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to St Jean de Losne (30km south of Dijon) last week. Took six days to 450km. Plenty of saddle time, not too many hills. I free-camped along the way, feeding myself from cafes, boulangeries and supermarkets.
I arrived on 29 hour flight from NZ at 7am, with the old trusty Raleigh in a box. Once assembled, riding out of CDG1 was a mission. There's kinda no way out for bikes, but I made a route by following my nose south. The ride took me down to the Ourcq canal, through Meaux, Troyes and ESE to Chaumont. From there I followed the canal entre Champagne et Bourgogne (aka canal de la marne a la saone) south to Pontailler. The canal rides were fantastic.
The roads were mostly very scenic and empty, and the French drivers (esp the truckies) were ALL well mannered and considerate. Not a single traffic scrape. Got a few flatties on the canal towpaths, but that's all part of the fun.
Believe all the good things you hear about cycling in France. Don't be afraid to try it: just make sure you pack some willingness to speak French (bad french, ANY french will do).