|General Info||EuroVelo 6||Rhine to the Atlantic - pretty much our exact trip||$0.00|
|General Info||EuroVelo 6, France section||$0.00|
|General Info||EuroVelo 6: Loire Valley||$0.00|
|General Info||01. Route||$0.00||
I'm thinking that we might want to skip starting in Basel (for this trip) and do just the "Loire a Velo" route, which officially starts at Nevers and is 800km long.
If we have time at the end, there are lots of options, and folks don't necessarily have to do the same thing. We can:
1) Continue down the Atlantic coast south of Nantes on the Eurovelo 3 route, which is also called La Vélodyssée in France (https://www.velodyssey.com/).
2) Take a train up to Mont St. Michel, which is certainly worth a look
3) Take a train up to Paris
I think 800km is a reasonable goal in a month and ensures that people do the Loire section, which, I think is the nicer section.
|General Info||02. Getting To-From||$0.00||
There are flights from Edmonton and Calgary to Nantes.
We could look for accommodation in Nantes that we would stay in at the start AND end of our trip where we could store bike bags. Perhaps a hostel or an AirBnB place.
From Nantes, we could take a train to Nevers. This needs to be researched: How to get from Nantes to Nevers by train with assembled bikes. Here are some resources:
1) Crazy Guy's blog
2) Per Crazy Guy, Deutsche Bahn is a good resource for finding trains in France (better than the France web sites, apparently). This makes train travel to Nevers look pretty straight-forward on TER trains. Click the box for "show routes that take bikes".
3) Cyclomundo's blog. I like his first sentence about taking bikes on the train... "First of all, you should ask yourself if it is really worth it!"
4) Info for how to make a reservation for your bike
5) Freewheeling France article about bikes on trains. Note that on their train map you can trace the thin purple line from Nantes to Nevers:
|General Info||03. Printed Materials for Loire||$0.00||
I already have this set of maps, which Brent and I used (some of) in 2015: EuroVelo 6
It's really good and shows lots of Campingplatzes.
Velo Guide: This is a series of guides. I have the "Nantes a Royan" one, which is French. It's ok, but not fabulous (i.e., I don't think it shows campgrounds). BUT, there is an ENGLISH one for the Loire, which may be worth it for easily readable material. English Bike Guide
Bikeline: There's also a Bikeline book for this route which we can consider buying, depending on what we decide about other materials. This one is in German.
|General Info||04. Printed Materials for Velodyssey||$0.00||
This looks interesting. It's the Loire-Atlantic area, so basically exploring (thoroughly) the area west of Nantes without really going down the coast.
Velo Guide: Per above, I have the "Nantes a Royan" Velo Guide in French. Not crazy about it.
La Routard: This may be something to consider. It looks better than the Velo Guide one.
The Velodyssey web site has interactive maps that you can zoom and choose options for and then print. This looks pretty awesome. Example
|General Info||05. Electronic Navi - Eek!||$0.00||
OK, seriously... is it time for me to join the 21st Century? I'm thinking so, but I'm at a loss for even the most basic decisions like whether to use a GPS or an app on a phone. I'm leery of phone apps because I've had such terrible experiences trying to use phones in Europe.
We can download GPS tracks for Loire
And for Velodyssee
Articles for using a GPS:
Toms Bike Trip
Article about using phone app:
Long Haul Trekkers
|General Info||06. More Resources||$0.00||
This web site seems really good... Cycling-Loire.
It also looks like it has information about luggage transfer and bike rentals.
Incidentally, I also have this, which shows all the cycle routes in France. Sort of a one-stop-shop map that Laura wanted to look at.
|General Info||Group Messages||Planning and prep e-mails sent to trip attendees.||$0.00|
|General Info||20. Sample Itinerary||Map||$0.00||
NOTE that this is just a sample itinerary - the actual trip dates will be June 1-30
|General Info||21. Route Specs - Loire||$0.00||
|General Info||22. Route Specs - La Vélodyssée||$0.00||
There are campgrounds all down the coast, but I don't know if they all take tents. We should have a proper cycle touring guide to find out.
|Handy||Accueil Velo||Freewheeling France||$0.00|
|Handy||Loire Valley by Train||Interloire||$0.00||Thanks to the "Train Vélo Loire" (Train Bike Loire) system, you can board trains on the Interloire line with your bicycle, from mid-June to mid-September. The service is free and has dedicated personnel for taking care of your bike from the moment you board to when you get it back when you get off. This allows you to easily skip stages or return to your point of departure.|
|To Do||Maps.me||Load required maps into Maps.me||$0.00|
|Type||Name||Description||Service Provider||Cost||Kms||To Date||Total||Notes||Actions|
|Cycle||Basel to Nantes||$0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Rental||Bim Bim Bikes||Possible bike rental option||$0.00|
|Rental||Bike Hire Direct||Possible bike rental option||$0.00|
|Rental||Spin Lister||Promising rental options (individuals)||$0.00|
|Storage||Blue Marble in Paris||Luggage storage and shuttle services in Paris||Blue Marble||$0.00|
I started a new blog this year, called "Self-Supported Cycle Touring for the Faint of Heart". It's mostly for me, but maybe someday someone else will get some value from it.
During my preparations for this trip, I wrote a few posts: