This is how I roll

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Many things running through my head today as I was riding. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be, there’s nothing I’d rather be doing.” That was one. The other was this: “Nobody at home knows where I am, nobody here knows who I am.” Freedom of identity, the reason so many kids feel so changed by their backpacking trips abroad. We can recreate ourselves when we’re away from the forces that shaped us at home.

And I love that I could be anywhere right now and nobody knows the difference. That being said…

Today’s Route

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I’m in Tours, a city on the Loire River in the middle of France. It’s a really cool little place, with plenty of pedestrian streets, a lot of inviting bars, lots of young people (there must be a university here) and just a good vibe overall. Very lively.

Tonight I sat in a bar and wrote in my journal about the day and I got a chocolat chaud for a couple Euros. When I dropped the sugar cube in, a puff of steam popped out of the foam.

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(The guy in the background was the gay bartender who had a thing for me. Who am I to not return flirtation?)

They do everything better here, and it hits you at every meal – the cheese in the picture above is the best cheese I’ve had since I was last in France. The bread has toasted sunflower seeds with a complex flavor we’d never associate with bread. At the same boulangerie, I got a whiskey truffle (30 cents!) which was perfectly bitter and powdery on the outside. The chocolate shell CRUNCHED, and the whiskey mousse on the inside melted on my tongue. It was crazy good. It was worth the cost of the scooter. I should have bought the tray.

Other notes:
– I got 10 liters of gas (for 10 Euros) and I’ll probably go 250 km on it… can someone figure out the mpg for me?
– I had a tarte aux pommes for breakfast as the sun was “rising” in Rambouillet (it was raining hard). Then I had an egg mcmuffin in Chartres when I discovered that McDonald’s has free wifi.
– Lunch and dinner were the same – that sunflower baguette with cheese and sausage. The sausage has cheese in it too.
– I rode in the wind and rain this morning and anticipated a long, painful day, but by the afternoon it was sunny and windy.
– Here’s a video from the beginning of my ride.

I’m spending two nights here in Tours – the Loire Valley is a Unesco World Heritage site, so I’m going to spend tomorrow on the scooter with our good camera trying to capture some of it.

A bientot.

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7 responses to “This is how I roll

  1. 60mpg give or take….

    Great descriptions and pix. No tears on this post, but perhaps that came later when the bartender made the next move.

  2. tom

    Just so you know, I made the last post, not Maya (I was logged in as her to work on her blog). But you probably figured it out because there was math and sarcasm involved.

  3. I figured it out. Only nerds do math!

    Why don’t you keep a blog? I’d comment. (I have a feeling we’ve already gone over this…)

  4. John

    Nice ride!! Glad you are having fun. As we always say, “Have fun, but keep the shiny side up!!”

    Take care, Mike,

    John

  5. tom

    I have a blog but it is purely for rankings for my product site. As I get away from that business perhaps I will start a blog about other blogs.

    Did I send you Teal and Tara’s blogs?

    http://www.tealfrost.com

    http://www.umsowhatisyourplan.wordpress.com

    I really like how you are using maps on this trip.

    Best,
    Tom

  6. Rob

    Damn–I can almost taste that whiskey truffle here at my cubicle. Almost.

  7. Thanks John, I’ve been thinking about you a lot on this trip, glad you’re enjoying the blog.

    Rob – I can almost taste your cubicle from here. Almost.

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