Category Archives: FRANCE

I WANTED TO SHARE THIS SPECIAL EMAIL I GOT TODAY FROM FRANCE

Hello,
I am Christian DALMASSO and you will find below a message from Anna, a cousin of mine:

“Hello Jeff,

I am Anna TOSELLO the artist you met in Tende, south of FRANCE.
I would like to thank you for having bought my painting and I wanted to let you know that I am delighted my work ended in Portland USA.

Sincerly,

Anna.”

You will find attached the picture of the painting you bought and one of Anna (who stands on the left).

For your information, Anna TOSELLO lives in ITALY in a little village called LIMONETTO, and for my part, I live in

CANNES, French Riviera.

If you want to answer Anna you can send a message to my mail box.

Regards,

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FINAL THOUGHTS ON FRANCE

When I came to France 19 years ago, you had to speak French or you were simply ignored. The French government got the memo, ENGLISH IS SPOKEN AROUND THE WORLD! English is taught in all the schools now. I was never treated poorly for my inability to speak French, like I was before. I always found someone within shouting distance that spoke English. People would say BONJOUR I sometimes responded with good morning, and they responded back good morning , with a laugh, it was fun to be in France. I felt very welcome by everyone I met. Im very happy and I got share that with everyoneI I met. France was truly an awesome experience for me.

20130805-214916.jpgI`VE BEEN CALLED THE BIG LOUD AMERICAN, ME?
ALL the cyclist I met agree>French drivers are impatient, rude and aggressive. For them to have to wait 5 or 10 seconds is too much for them. Ive had drivers pass me and immediately turn in front me. Isn’t 10 seconds worth a life? When I did traffic control, by not allowing people to pass in dangerous situations, I usually got a friendly wave, thumbs up and maybe a toot of the horn.
I did have food thrown at me, and the same car was waving a knife at me too.. The police were always super friendly with me.

20130805-215340.jpgAT FIRST THEY SAID NO, THEN I SHOWED THEM MY OTHER POLICEMAN PICTURES AND THEY EAGERLY AGREED TO THE PHOTO

Hey France you host the worlds most popular and well known bike race in the world. When the race is over there is still work to be done for bicycles, connect the bike network that is in place. There were days when biking was the best I’ve ever ridden and other days where I feared for my life. I sat by the road several times contemplating whether to go on or just stay put. Ive never been so scared in my life. You could start with a national campaign to cut the curbs, EVERYWHERE. I would use the sidewalk as a bike lane if they were easily accessible. If your handicapped or in a wheel chair, your in for a life full of barriers. I would just stay home, think about it, you might be disabled sometime in your life. The handicapped in America should be so thankful for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

20130805-220000.jpgTHIS IS A BIKE TUNNEL, ONE OF THE MANY GREAT EFFORTS TO MAKE BIKING SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING CAR DRIVERS.
The dirty secret of tourism, is the mountains of recyclable garbage. I have no idea what their doing with it all? France needs a comprehensive recyling education program and to implement it country wide.

20130805-221139.jpgTHE STEALTH CAMPING I DID IN FRANCE WAS SUPER NICE
The French and other tourist would treat me to coffee or a snack. I was invited to several family dinners.

20130805-221754.jpgTHEODORE, FABIEN AND AUDREY (LA WOMEN)

20130806-063838.jpgAUDREY TOLD ME ABOUT ST. TROPEZS SIGNATURE DESERT MADE FAMOUS BY BRIDGET BARDOT (very sweet,but good)
Everyone I met was very supportive of what I was doing. I was given free and/or discounted camping, I never asked once, French Hospitality was very top notch. Staying at Corey’s apartment in Antibes, was a lifesaver.
Seeing Neil Young at the Arena in Nimes was an experience ill never forget. The 1903 tradition of BOAT JOUSTING in Sete was quite entertaining.
I look forward to visiting France and exploring small towns like Tende and visiting the people I met, in the future.
So France, thanks for a great time hope we see each other again in the future.
RIDE ON,
JEFF
NEXT? WHY IM NOT BIKING IN ITALY

TENDE, FRANCE AND THE MANY LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

I grabbed a flyer from the campground in France to write something on, then I read it. It talked about a train ride from Nice to Tende going over and through 47 bridges and tunnels. The TRAIN went to the town of TENDE along the Italian border. The Lonely Planet Travel guide that I occasionally use said- the train passes through scarcely populated back country. That sounded very good to me. Theres only one train from Nice to Tende a day 9 am so I take the train from Antibes to Nice switch trains and here we gp, lots of tunnels it was dark actually quite often. This is where these countries have invested in public transportation, they dug many tunnels to get this train to the top of the mountain.
The tourist office is packed from the train arriving. I wander over to the MUSEUM that had displays of Petroglyphs and many other historical artifacts. The museum was truly awesome, the link doesn’t do it justice. I wonder over to the farmers market and stock up on Peaches, Blueberries and some Pork Salami. I ate the fruit in my morning cereal,mmmm.
I visit the local art show and see a painting I love. I tell them Ill sleep on it.
Yep, Im going on a hike! to the chapel on the hill. I heard you had to use a cable for the last part up to the chapel, the cable is attached to the mountain side, not the cliff side! I almost turned back.
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20130805-103057.jpg THE CHAPEL IS AT THE TOP

20130805-103300.jpgYES, IM SCARED SHITLESS IN THIS PHOTO, I ATE MY LUNCH ON THE NON-VIEW SIDE.
I met Marie and her son Erwan who were rock climbing and took my photo. I shared the cherries I had and talked with them awhile.
This is a famous rock climbing region.

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20130805-104333.jpg YOU HAVE TO CROSS THE CABLE BRIDGE, SCURRY AROUND THE ROCK, HANG ON THE FACE AND WAIT YOUR TURN TO RIDE THE CABLE ACROSS, WHICH PART OF NO WAY!
If you enlarge the photo you can see 5 people waiting their turn, no way you couldn`t pay me enough. The views were amazing

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Im back in town using the local wifi, Serge is out of town, but was kind enough to write the password down for me. I was able to share the password with several people, who walked by.

20130805-111538.jpg Serge was a great help, he even took my shorts to get them fixed, verdict? unfixable. Definitely visit his family run pizza place when your in town.
While on the internet several people came up and said someone was looking for me to invite me to dinner. I waited around, but was getting hungry. So I head back to camp to open my favorite, a can of lentil soup. Im about to start the stove and someone runs over and invites me for dinner, score!
Omelette for dinner, with bacon awesome and their homegrown organic cherries for desert. Next morning Im getting my daily chocolate croissant and someone walks up to me and says they were looking for me last night to invite me to dinner. It was Marie’s husband Pierre. I tell them I was thinking of leaving but I will know by 2pm.
I head off to buy my painting, I slept on it and yes was the answer.

20130805-112734.jpg ITS THE TENDE VILLAGE PLAZA. I LOVE IT!
The bad part it cost me $65 to send it home, 1/2 the cost of the painting. Ive only bought 2 pieces of art, but both are very meaningful to me.
The tourist office tells me about this Church LE SANCTUAIRE DE NOTRE DAME DES FONTAINES and about this village Granile. I told her I really liked the stone roofs

20130805-115219.jpg SHE TOLD ME THE WHOLE VILLAGE OF GRANILE HAD THESE ROOFS.
First I bike I to the church (again, one of the best parts of touring with bike is having a bike to explore once you set up camp).
This is the road to the church

20130805-115732.jpgTHERE WERE VERY FEW CARS, AWESOME!
While I was riding to the church I pass this weird stone bridge. I thought I`ll take a photo on the way back. I spent a long time at the church, the host told me so many awesome stories and took this photo

20130805-120759.jpg ITS A SCENE OF THE VILLAGE KILLING THE LOCAL BANKERS, ITS AMAZING HOW HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF!
I asked her about the bridge I passed on the way up. She said it was built to look un-finished. It was done to prevent the plague from entering the village. It worked, it was the only village to avoid the plague.

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Then she told me about the fresh spring, that women who want to get pregnant, dip in.

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So I bike to Granile, I miss the turn, but I climb back to the turn-off. I check my watch and dinner is in a couple hours and I am NEVER late for anything. So its 6 km up, thats an hour, so I decide to try and hitchike with my bike. 5 minutes later I’m in a min-van heading up, score. I can`t believe how lucky I am.

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I can`t believe where I am, my ride and town host is Honorat

20130805-123529.jpg Honorat took me around the village, meeting people and taking me to the best views to get pictures.

20130805-123815.jpgTHIS IS THE VIEW OUT HIS LIVING ROOM WINDOW.

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20130805-124350.jpg THERE ARE ONLY 14 YEAR-ROUND RESIDENTS AND 26 SUMMER OCCUPANTS. THIS IS ONE OF THE SUMMER RESIDENTS HOUSE.

20130805-124556.jpgRemember it was 6km up and now 6km down, a very hair raising road. This was the last village without a road in France. In 1975? or so after years using horses they got this road.

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20130805-124917.jpg This rock face is 5-7 stories high, they had a falling rock sign, i`m thinking if this rock comes down, its over.
So after getting this ride hitchhiking I think I can do it again. NO, Then I start riding its only 3km to Tende, lazy shit.
I ride in for a quick shower and stop and talk to this couple.

20130805-125253.jpgTHEY RENTED THIS FULLY EQUIPPED VAN TO TOUR EUROPE WITH, THEY SAID IT WAS NEARLY THE SAME PRICE AS JUST A CAR, BUT THE SPACESHIP COMES WITH A BED AND KITCHEN.
Marie walks up and we head for dinner. I don’t like to be late so a car drives by and I stick my thumb out, Score! He takes us part way to dinner. Mary told me it was at the end of the road, well in America, the end of the road is a long way. Not in Tende maybe 100 meters. Pierre’s aunt willed four cousins this house to share. I asked if they had changed anything? NOTHING. The aunt had art and treasures from around the world, wish I had taken a few photos.

20130805-130204.jpgMARIE, ERWAN AND PIERRE, WE HAD A TRADITIONAL FRENCH MEAL CALLED– RAGOUT DE VEAU A LA MENTONNAISE
There was a little talk about the French tradition of cleaning your plate with baguette bread. So, we made a VIDEO on how to clean your plate with french bread.
The Campground was awesome all the campers were friendly there was a river running through camp.

20130805-140730.jpgAFTER THE CHAPEL HIKE I SOAKED MY FEET FOR 1/2 AN HOUR YOU CAN DRINK FROM THE RIVER TOO (maybe not downstream while I was soaking my feet)

20130805-141144.jpgI LOVE CAMPING

20130805-141254.jpgTHIS IS THE WOMEN THAT RAN THE CAMPGROUND, SHE SPOKE NOT ONE WORD OF ENGLISH. BUT KICKED ASS WHEN IT CAME TO TAKING CARE OF THE CAMPGROUND.
I regret leaving Tende so soon, I will come back (warning Tende)
I took a few pictures before catching the train

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20130805-142342.jpgYOU CAN SEE THE CABLE BRIDGE AND CHAPEL WAY UP THERE. THEY LIGHT THE CHAPEL AT NIGHT. YOULL HAVE TO ENLARGE THE PHOTO.
SOME MORE PHOTOS FROM GOOGLE OF TENDE
THANKS FOR READING, YOUR COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED (usually) If you comment and I don’t respond its because this post took 6 hours to write and I`m on a big trip and wifi isn’t American fast here.
MORE OF MY PHOTOS ARE HERE
RIDE ON
JEFF
NEXT? FINAL THOUGHTS ON FRANCE

MONTE CARLO, MONACO–ALL IN A DAY

I had to visit MONACObeing just 30 miles away, Ill probably never be this close again.
I’ve seen all the expensive boats & cars in St. Tropez, Cannes and even in Antibes. But being the James Bond fan that I am I had to go to Monte Carlo..

20130801-172755.jpgSO OF COURSE THE BOAT DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER IS PARKED THERE.
Monaco’s has a OCEANAGRAPHICMUSEUM. I was told it was good. I’m so so about aquariums, but i figured Monaco is only 2km x 2km, how much can there be to see? So I took my bike on the train and promptly headed in the direction of the Oceanographic Museun. I was promptly stopped and told no bikes allowed on the hill top. I wasn’t really told that I was just pointed and blocked me from going up the hill. I was a little confused so I rode around the docks and looked at the boats.

20130801-181722.jpgTHERE WERE SOME AMAZING SAIL BOATS
So I bike along the shore and the road starts heading up, 3 sets of escalators later, yep Im at the Museum. I quickly lock my bike by a photo/plague with Jaugue Cousteau taken in 1962. The museum was built in 1910. I go in and am looking around thinking,this is pretty awesome. People around me are taking photos, Im thinking pictures of fish? Then I see fish that are well-blowing my mind.

20130801-182605.jpg I SPENT 10 MINUTES WAITING FOR THAT FISH TO COME OUT FROM BEHIND THE ROCKS (worth it)

20130801-183212.jpgTHE SEA HORSES WERE SUPER TOO

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I took a lot of fish pictures. There on my photo site HERE
They had a shark petting station. I left a little space in line and some people (French) cut in front of me, I didn’t say anything. It was our turn to pet the shark, so this little girl cuts in front of me, This time I stop her and tell her to wait her turn. Corey said he cant stand how Americans patiently wait there turn, I like it.

20130801-190748.jpgTHEY WANT PEOPLE TO CONNECT WITH SHARKS SO HENCE THE PETTY STATION.
There was some interesting shark art too.

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MORE PHOTOS OF THE OCEANAGRAPHIC MUSEUM HERE
I bought a combined ticket that included the Princes Palace. NO PHOTOS ALLOWED. No big deal until you see the most amazing sculpture, so I figure there will be a post card of it? They have cameras everywhere I went back 3 times and finally took this lousy photo.

20130801-191907.jpgNO POST CARDS, SO ITS AN EAGLE WITH 6-8 INCH CRYSTALS STICKING DOWN FROM UNDER ITS WINGS. WITH A BASKETBALL SIZE AZUITE ALL MOUNTED ON A 4 FOOT CRYSTAL.
I searched the web for a good photo-NONE.
As I was riding from the Palace I was stopped by the police, told to lock my bike down the road, I wasn’t alone 2 other people were on bikes too.
So I head down the hill to where the first cop stopped me, quick right and he doesn’t see me.
I go to the tourist information and learn where the MONTE CARLO GRAN PRIXroute is and bike it, let me just say that was dangerous.
I go by the MONTE CARLO CASINO, Rolls Royce, Maserati,Lambergouni of course I got a photo

20130801-193529.jpg I CANT DECIDE WHICH ONE? THE BIKE ALL THE WAY.

20130801-193826.jpgCASINO MONTE CARLO
So Im looking for the exotic garden, I think I passed my turn. I stop and am looking at my Google map. Within 20 seconds someone came out and said I was on camera and the police would come. WTF? I told him I was just checking my map, he said I could do it on the side of the building.
Time to find the train station, well I get on the wrong train and within 30 minutes Im in Italy. But the same train went back to France and back to Antibes.
All in all Monaco was all I had heard about, money (Tax Heaven) for the rich. But there was a little Portland Oregon Influence

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NEXT I TAKE AN AMAZING TRAIN RIDE TO AN AMAZING FRENCH VILLAGE FILLED WITH HISTORY AND SCARY HIKES.

NOW BACK TO THE FUN AND ANALYSIS

I camped in CANNES, I wanted to arrive in Antibes earlier the next day. I camped at LES PRUNIERS Bungalows & Camping. Best WIFI in France and its free! The swimming pool was right next to the river the bathrooms were super clean and best of all? EVERYONE spoke great English. The host told me how to bike to the Decathalon store using the safe bike path. It took me 2 attempts but I finally got the new sleeping pad I so desperately needed.

20130728-222540.jpgMY 20 YEAR OLD THERMAREST GOT A TUMOR AND HAD TO BE REPLACED BY A FULL SIZE MODEL
I’m staying at Corey’s place in Antibes, France. Not as well known as St. Tropez or Cannes, but just as upper class as them. Plenty of expensive boats in the harbor, shopping, fancy cars, gated and walled compounds.

20130728-212411.jpgYOU CANNOT SEE INTO OR OVER ANY FENCE OR GATE, VERY PRIVATE.
ANTIBES sits out somewhat from the mainland. They have a
PICCASO MUSEUM, its the 4th Piccaso Museum that I know about. I saw a painting in a gallery across the way from the museum, I’m thinking about buying. (thinking).
Corey’s apartment couldn’t have come at a better time. The bike needed work, the trailer was broken and stuff was falling out, my shoe inserts came unglued, the laundry was due to be done, I needed to go food shopping.
I bought the parts for the trailer at a boat shop (my first mistake) cost? over $40 for 2 latches and some screws yikes! So all I need is a drill. Mark who had Corey’s keys for me suggested his dad might be able to help.

20130728-215957.jpgJEAN-MICHEL WAS THE BRAINS BEHIND THE OPERATION.
Without his input we wouldn’t have accomplished what we did. They live at the top of a hill over looking Antibes with swimming pool. WOW!
I went shpping at a store called CARREFOUR its somewhere between a Fred Meyer and Costco. The place was an uncontrolled mad house. The French drive their shopping carts like they drive their cars, aggressively. I saw people opening jars of spaghetti sauce and smelling them to see which one they wanted. They sell 6-1 liter bottles of water wrapped in cellophane.
I witnessed someone stuffing candy in between the bottles, basically stealing the candy. There were shoppers everywhere who could see what was going on. Nobody said or did anything.
Again having a good bike with me really opens up opportunities to do some exploring (by bike). I thought I would ride around Cap Antibes.

20130728-224814.jpgIT STARTED OUT AS A BIKE-ABLE PATH.

20130728-225228.jpgBEFORE LONG I WAS CARRYING MY BIKE UP AND DOWN THESE STONE STEPS.

20130728-225549.jpgFINALLY AN ESCAPE ROUTE OFF THE TRAIL AND STAIRS. Lots of security cameras and listening devices while walking up.

20130730-235915.jpgTHESE GUYS WERE PRACTICING TIGHT ROPE WALKING.

20130731-000203.jpgTHE LANDSCAPING COMPANY WAS WORKING ON THIS HOUSE SO ITWAS A RARE CHANCE TO SEE THE HOUSE WITH THE GATE OPEN.
Corey’s has views of both the pool and the ocean. I get up early and caught this

20130731-000622.jpgBEAUTIFUL SUNRISE
Every beach is crowded here, Its the peak season here, Northern France is closed they’re all at the beach.

20130731-000929.jpgIVE SEEN SO MANY TOPLESS BEACH GOERS, ITS USUALLY GRANDMA
TAKE CARE JEFF
WHATS NEXT? I SPEND THE DAY IN MONTE CARLO MONACO

RANDOM THOUGHTS WHILE PEDALING

I see on facebook where some people think Apple is full of itself or that the I-Phone sucks. Apple products are widely respected and used by many people around the world. If you were Apple and your product was used by millions of people, you might be a little full of yourself too. To be inside the circle (living IN America) and complaining about anything is ridiculous. Sure we want it our way, but come on. For those of us that live in America, were in the eyes of the world. We are still the envy for many people around the world (not everyone but a lot) . I have both young and old people tell me almost daily, their dream is to come to America, for a visit or to live.
Audrey who I camped next to, spent a year in Los Angeles. She comes to America every chance she can get. Her email is AudreyLAWomen@….. They struggle here in France her husband, has been to Afghanistan several times, as a soldier. Most of us are so far removed from the conflicts our country is involved in. Just living in America.

20130728-182848.jpg FABIEN AND AUDREY WERE COOKING DINNER, SCALLOPS/PASTA AND FRESH TOMATOES WITH BASIL AND MOZZARELLA.
Their little boy Theodore is 20 months old and super fun(ny).

20130728-183621.jpgNOTICE THE FLOATING DEVICE IS AN AMERICAN CAR, SO NAMED.
Before I met Audrey’s parents (they were camping too), they heard I was from Portland so they went to the Internet (from America) to learn something about Portland. When they walked up he said ™CITY OF THE ROSES™ I about fell over, laughing. He didn’t speak very much English, so that made it very funny, too.
The grocery stores in America have a selection of coffee thats unimaginable and a grinder so you can have your making preference. I`ve never seen that option here, anywhere. You can buy food in every form, frozen, fresh, canned, cooked, ready to eat meals, fresh blueberries in January.
But all of this comes at a price~Climate Change is for real, the U.S. the worlds leading producer of CO2 on a per person basis, is doing nothing. Its all about the economy (MONEY) , it is so short sighted. The extra dollar you make short changing the environment will be spent mitigating the effects of climate change. Mother Earth isn`t going to put up with it.. Something as simple as lowering the speed limit could cut CO2, 20%, but you can`t step on our freedoms. Our privileged attitudes is killing OUR home, planet earth. Just ask the people of ALASKA
Yet the economy is proving to be sacrificed for just the top 1% of the population according to Obama. If all of society benefited from the environmental consequences, maybe you could understand this pro-economy attitude, but it`s not trickling down. 57% of soon to retire Americans have $25,000 saved for retirement. Your estimated to live another 20 years after you retire. $25,000 might last one year, if your lucky. So a chosen few are really the winners in all this. I`ve only been to 3 countries on this trip, so far. I have not seen nearly the homeless problem that is happening in my city, Portland.
This part of Europe is world renowned for it`s economic problems. But again, I don`t see the homeless problems like in the U.S. Spain may be having economic problems, but some of their investments have been good for the general population. You can take reliable public transportation to anywhere in the country. I took the train to Colera, Spain and its just a town of less than 600 people. The U.S. hasn`t invested in public transportation like Europe has, which is an investment in the average person and the environment.
Americans have one of the lowest percentage of passport holders in the world. Our perspective of how the rest of the world lives is far removed from our eyes. I offered my brother a ticket to Costa Rica to stay at a house I had for a week on the beach. His response, Americas the best why would I want to leave? He’s not alone.
I’ve had pizza out several times, the olives still had the pits in them, there are so many small things in America we take for granted.
The bar code is used around the world, invented in America. When I went snorkeling in Spain I heard the rip of velcro-invented in America. We have touched so many lives around the world with our inventions.
If your handicapped in France your moving to America. I was on the sidewalk at a train station in front of 3 handicapped parking spots, not one ramp to get up or down, with my bike or wheelchair for that matter. I rarely see anyone out and about in a wheelchair, there are curbs EVERYWHERE.
When I was in St. Tropez, the Porsches, Lamborghini, Masserati and all the huge and expensive boats, are some of what the 1% are buying. The fancy cars passed me on the highway but when I got to town, I passed them in some of the most chaotic traffic Ive seen.
I’m not sure what all this means. Wait, it means we cant allow this economic disparity to continue. Sacrificing the environment for the 1% is bad for everyone, including you, me and Mother Earth . Higher Taxes on the rich not lower taxes and a carbon tax on fossil fuels are a start.
I think about lots of subjects while biking, this is just the most important topic facing ALL of us.

20130728-204551.jpgSOME OF THE TRAIN INFRASTRUCTURE IN FRANCE.

Bless the human race (not just America)
Jeff

TRAIN NIMES TO TOULON, BIKING UP THE COAST

I spent the day after the show riding to PONT DA GARD. The tourist office gave me a map and showed me the backroads way there.

20130722-072946.jpg I TOOK A FEW SHORT CUTS THROUGH SOME NEIGHBORHOODS.

20130722-073111.jpgTHEY GAVE ME AN AMAZING ROUTE.

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I took one photo of the ancient aqueduct

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I was whipped, so I tried to get the bus to stop and give me a ride, Nope. So I had to ride back 50km round trip, not that far but somewhat hilly. I rode the whole thing. Of course I went back to the tourist office to thank them and let them know I did the whole thing.
I’m taking the train to Toulon, on the coast, I’m giving riding in France one more attempt. I want to ride but I was pretty scared earlier.
Getting the bike on the crowded trains can be encumbering at times

20130722-073844.jpgSTANDING ROOM ONLY
The further down you get on the train line the less people,

20130722-074010.jpgHad my own seat even, with real bike compartment.
I get off the train wearing my Levis and its HOT. I try to ride, but no, swap to cycle shorts and I’m off. At first the road is narrow and I’m leaning towards getting back on the train. My old friend Corey is letting me stay at his place in ANTIBES while he visits Portland. I tried to get there before he left, but no. I told him at the pace I’m going I see him when he gets back.

20130722-080139.jpgTHE BEACHES ARE BEAUTIFUL
I camp at CAMPING DU PIN DE GALLE its affordable camping. camping can cost as much as $40 a night, its the French coast and its all of Europe’s rich playground. As I’m typing this a german tourist showed me a picture of Jack Nickelson he took 3 days ago in St. Tropez.
I decide to get up early, before the heat and ride. I cant believe it BIKE LANES EVERYWHERE, I’m in heaven. I meet some cyclist going south that said there are bike almost all the way. Finally. I meet these 2 Italian cyclist we ride together for awhile, their riding (touring) with fixes. I ask if they want to share some Moroccan treats, YES they do.

20130722-082117.jpgMIRCO, ME and ALESSANDRO
I stopped and talked with Kyungmin Jang from Korea.

20130722-082708.jpgHE HAS BEEN TRAVELING FOR 10 MONTHS, JUST SWITCHED TO BICYCLE 6 WEEKS AGO.

20130722-082900.jpgWHEN THERE WAS NO BIKE LANE THERE WERE FEW CARS

20130722-083002.jpgTHE BIKE LANES ARE GREAT

20130722-083055.jpgBIKE LANE TUNNEL
I’m staying at a SUPER campground PARC CAMPING DE PRAMOUSQUIER. I had lunch here yesterday, probably the best meal I’ve had in France so far. A huge salad with Jumbo Prawns with tiny bay shrimp, egg, tomato, lettuce. I’m staying today until lunch then heading to St. Tropez.
The owner of the campground has this awesome MOTOCONFORT motorcycle that was built the same year the campground was opened, 1952. It has been totally rebuilt and not been ridden yet.

20130722-084608.jpgYEP, I HAD TO GET A PHOTO ON IT, WITH MY OTHER NEIL YOUNG SHIRT

I spent the day at the beach with Jens,who’s tent could sleep ten. We laughed all day at the beach and into the night. We should have been arrested.

20130722-110328.jpgHE HAS A REFRIGERATOR AND 2 BURNER STOVE TOO.
The French breakfast is terrible biking or energy food si I showed Jens how to make oatmeal with fruit for breakfast

20130722-110629.jpgBY CUTTING UP APRICOTS AND CHERRIES.
The campground was well staffed and well dressed for the task at hand

20130722-111252.jpgHERES FANNY HARD AT WORK
MORE PHOTOS HERE
IM OFF TO ST TROPEZ TO MEET UP WITH JACK
SEE YOU ALL LATER
JEFF