Bicycle Race

Who said the French didn’t love sports?

I am pretty proud to say that I biked twenty kilometers in the countryside today. After a yummy lunch of salad, sausages, and Lays chips (you should have seen the look on my face when they pulled out the bag), the family and I hopped on our bikes and headed for the horizon. If I had known we were going to go as far as we did, I would have probably made a quick excuse not to go, but I’m glad I had no idea!
As a generally un-athletic and uncoordinated person, I try to avoid devices with wheels as much as possible. This includes roller skates, bikes, skateboards, motorized scooters, wheely office chairs, and just about anything else that holds the possibility of me falling flat on my face. To sum up, I’m no good on a bike. However, I’m glad to say that this adventure passed without incident. Even though there was quite a bit of rough terrain and not nearly enough cushioning on my bike seat, I made it without too much difficulty. To make it even better, we met lots of furry friends at the farms along the way. Here are a few of the photos I managed to take while rolling along.

We happened upon a man driving a cart with two donkeys-Laurent happily rode alongside to chat for a while.


Martine was a little scared to get too close to this donkey-she kept jerking her hand back!


Simon shares Martine's concerns about being bitten by large animals, but this pony wasn't about to hurt anyone!


We stayed with the pony for a long time, feeding him the grass that really was much better on our side of the fence.


A nice pause from riding. I think I'll go back to visit our pony friend next week.


It was a beautiful day and a lovely ride. When we made it back home, Laurent informed me that the family goes on much longer bike rides nearly every weekend during the Spring and Summer. Bring on those hills-I have a few French pastries to work off!

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2 comments on “Bicycle Race

  1. Lara says:

    Wow. What a way to see the country! Sounds like a very memorable day. I bet your legs remember it tomorrow!
    Love you, Mom

  2. Rhonda says:

    Fabulous day….love the pony….and the sunshine! And your smile, of course!

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