I just got back (last night!) from my bike tour up the Atlantic Coast (Charleston, SC to Lambertville, NJ). While it wasn't France or Switzerland (or SF to LA, or Oregon), it was a great experience, especially for a lifelong Californian who had never been to South Carolina, and only once to NC and VA.
I'll write up a journal in the coming weeks and post a "best pictures" of the trip soon.
But, one twist on the questions you always get on tour theme became a constant refrain on this trip. People would ask me where I was headed (New Jersey) and then where I was from. When I told them I was from San Francisco, their eyes would get big and they'd ask if I had ridden from SF. When I told them that, No, I had ridden from Charleston, SC, they would get this dismissive look like that was no big deal.
Eventually, I moderated my answer to say that I had started in Charleston, SC but that I was from SF. That seemed to stem the obvious disappointment that they had at my lack of willingness to ride an extra 3000 miles just to impress them!