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EuroVelo 6: Tours, France to Budapest, Hungary Starting in London

Old 10-29-13, 07:38 AM
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EuroVelo 6: Tours, France to Budapest, Hungary Starting in London

Summer 2013 I completed my first real bike tour, EuroVelo 6: Tours, France to Budapest, Hungary Starting in London.

I toured solo on my Surly Long Haul Trucker, rode along rivers and canals, stayed in campgrounds, hostels, cheap and luxury hotels, ate baguettes and pate, drank great beer.

Along the way I took lots of pictures, met some great people and had a chance to experience the very rich cultural roots of so many of us Americans.

Read all about it in my Crazy Guy of a Bike Journal https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=12792&v=nW
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My only concern was you used a Garmin did you not plan with ridewithgps or gypsies.
Also carrying so much stuff.
How did you manage to get a French sim so quickly it takes them days to set you up and all in French.
I would have carried garmin,note, and a 7 " tablet no cooking gear nothing but a couple of tea shirts a rain jacket socks and a few underwear and towel if it doesn't fit in a back pack it wouldn't go.

I do the road route saves time and never had an issue does involve long steady climbs but if you carry led them all is good.
I would also recommend Donald Hirschs route London -Newhaven-Dieppe to
Paris. Which is a really nice ride till you get to Versailles (most disappointing place to me had heard a lot about it turned out to be boring)

I agree with food in the UK we have food everywhere in France where do the people go and where do they shop and eat.

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Originally Posted by Winnershcyclist View Post
My only concern was you used a garmin did you not plan with ridewith gps or gypsies.
Also carrying so much stuff.
How did you manage to get a French sim so quickly it takes them days to set you up and all in French.
I would have carried garmin,note, and a 7 " tablet no cooking gear nothing but a couple of tea shirts a rain jacket socks and a few underwear and towel if it doesn't fit in a back pack it wouldn't go.

I do the roads save a shows never had an issue does involve long steady climbs but if you carry led them all is good.
I would also recommend Donald hirschs route dieppe to
Paris.
I agree with food in the UK we have food everywhere in France where do the people go and where do they shop and eat.
Huh? Punctuation would help.
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Huh? Punctuation would help.
what you dont understand separate lines ?or full stops. I dont know if you have discovered yet most people do this on Mobile phones so punctuation is a bit old school

I realise now you havent read his journal...

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Thanks for taking a look at the journal. I appreciate your input.

Originally Posted by Winnershcyclist View Post
My only concern was you used a garmin did you not plan with ridewith gps or gypsies.
Also carrying so much stuff.
How did you manage to get a French sim so quickly it takes them days to set you up and all in French.
I would have carried garmin,note, and a 7 " tablet no cooking gear nothing but a couple of tea shirts a rain jacket socks and a few underwear and towel if it doesn't fit in a back pack it wouldn't go.

I do the roads save a shows never had an issue does involve long steady climbs but if you carry led them all is good.
I would also recommend Donald hirschs route dieppe to
Paris.
I agree with food in the UK we have food everywhere in France where do the people go and where do they shop and eat.
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Thanks for taking a look at the journal. I appreciate your input.
I read all of it very interesting
BTW why do you spell kebab kebap is that how they spell it in the USA that irritated me every time....LOL
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Great writeup. I sort of *****ed out on touring this year, but last year I rode Copenhagen-Kutna Hora (CZ). Next year I want to take a train down to where I finished last time, and ride all the way to Belgrade via Budapest. Seems like I'll be taking the Danube part of the way down there.
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Guess the TGV changes Bike policys .. there was a requirement to ship bikes separately, 48 hours ahead.

then pick them up at the station on the other End. it was years ago..
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Great writeup. I sort of *****ed out on touring this year, but last year I rode Copenhagen-Kutna Hora (CZ). Next year I want to take a train down to where I finished last time, and ride all the way to Belgrade via Budapest. Seems like I'll be taking the Danube part of the way down there.
OP Here: Well, I showed up at the train station in Lille, France and said I wanted to go to Tours, France via Paris and they hooked me up with a seat and space for my bike. I think I paid an extra 10-12 Euros for the bike. Train left an hour later. (I did have quite a drama getting to the train which was leaving from another station in Lille and I actually lost my ticket in the rush and had to go back to get it replaced and some clown was trying to "sell" it back to the ticket office while I was standing behind him, and I had to get the cops involved who didn't speak English - and in Paris the second train left from clear across the city and I really had to hustle to make it). I don't know if I was officially on a TGV train, but it was really fast through the countryside, felt like an airplane ride, but it may have just been a regular regional train. In all 3 hours of travel that would have taken me a week or two by bicycle- and I wanted to get down to the Loire as fast as possible to start for Budapest-which worked out just fine.

Anyway, Read all about it in my Crazy Guy of a Bike Journal https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/..._id=12792&v=nW
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Originally Posted by Winnershcyclist View Post
I read all of it very interesting
BTW why do you spell kebab kebap is that how they spell it in the USA that irritated me every time....LOL
Funny you should comment about Kabab / Kabap spelling! I had it spelled Kabab though out my journal and as I was posting daily on Facebook, my cousin in the UK commented that she thought it was spelled kabap, so I changed it.....I have since researched it on Google and see that it is spelled Kabap more as you travel east. You say potato I say potOto....
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