July 17, 2013
Tonight is Neil Young in NIMES,France. I posted several concert dates in my google calendar 6 months agp and to be reminded 2 weeks before the show. So Nimes popped up and I was still in Spain with 2 weeks to get here. Well, after some horrific and awesome riding (and a train), I made it.
The show is in a Roman AMPHITHEATER Built in the first century A.D.
Crossing into France was exciting, new foods and language (barriers) to work with.
THIS WAS A VERY POPULAR PHOTO OP
I was getting hungry for some lunch, the road was super narrow. I spotted 2 cyclisteating lunch at a roadside picnic spot (France has alot of these). It*s 2 Hungarian cyclist , who spoke 2 words of english. I whipped out my I-translate switched to Hungarian and we talked through the I-phone. Then an english guy rides up
WHEN ON A BIKE LANE, IT WAS AMAZING.
JULY 21, 2013
The reason I haven’t posted to the blog has been the lack of reliable internet. I got internet service in our van in Morocco while we were in the middle of nowhere. One hostel the internet stopped at 10pm? I have no idea why? Its so hot during the day that the evening is the best time to write. All that said I have good internet right now at 6~30 in the morning.
Those Crazy French drivers are so impatient. The Tour da France may give you the image of France as a safe cycling country,no way. The tour has police escort and thats what I feel I would need to feel safe out here. I’ve been flipping off and yelling at these crazy drivers. I`m in a harbor city this lady is honking at me, I let her by, she turns right-right in front of me and heads in to park, were talking about 5 or 10 seconds saved. Then I gave a 1 minute sign (for about a 10 second delay) so I could get up on the sidewalk, their honking. I flip them off, before I know theres vegetables flying out the car window at me, I got hit in the chest with a baseball size garlic. Then the guy (who is driving, his girlfriend threw the produce) is waving a knife at me. I had zero encounters in Portugal or Spain like this.
An interesting solution to prevent being doored by a parked car.
IN FRANCE THEY PUT THE DEERS FEET ON THE GARAGE.
The weather has been spectacular so far, while riding some horrific (dangerous) roads I stopped to gather my courage and tried to hitchhike (waste of time).
WHILE RESTING I COULD SEE LIGHTENING IN THE DISTANCE, NEVER RAINED ON ME THOUGH
I started this thing of taking pictures with policemen in every country. First they said no, then I showed them the Spain and Portugal police pictures, then they said OK.