E-biking in Piedmont’s wine country around Alba

Yup, an e-bike. Why not?

The hills south of Alba, vines dripping with purple Nebbiolo grapes that will be turned into Barolo wine, are steep. Why make this day hard on ourselves?

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Day 3 on Eurovelo 8 in France: We reach Narbonne

The first question of the day: how do we get back to the Canal du Midi?

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Day 2 on Eurovelo 8 in France: Sete to Beziers

The goal on this day is to meet friends for dinner in Beziers. Along the way, though, my goal is to reflexively say Bonjour Madame/Monsieur every time I enter a shop or otherwise approach someone. After all, one of these friends has explained, not doing this is considered the height of rudeness (and why perhaps Americans in France are seen as rude, not the other way around.) I know I was a bit remiss on Day 1.

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Eurovelo 8: Montpellier to Narbonne in 3 days

It’s hot, the sun is beating down, we’re maybe halfway through our first day on Eurovelo 8, and I’m sick of the taste of Isostar (Europe’s Gatorade) in my water bottle. All three of us are looking for water.

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How to bike to Duke Farms (with a detour to the new Flounder Brewing)

Biking to Duke Farms has been on the list for a while.

But if we wanted to benefit from the calmness of the D&R Canal towpath for much of the ride, the trade-off would be some stretches of busy road. Would it be worth it?

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Lawrence Hopewell Trail’s Full Moon Ride is back!

I love the Lawrence Hopewell Trail but haven’t been on its Full Moon Ride in – gulp! – five years. Time to go back!

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Erie Canal bike ride: We reach Albany on Day 7

Congratulate four new end-to-enders!

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Too much pie on the Erie Canal from Utica to Amsterdam

It seems hard to believe, but there is such a thing as too much pie. And I learned that lesson on day 6 of our Buffalo-to-Albany bike ride along the Erie Canal.

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Erie Canal bike ride: Syracuse to Utica on day 5

The highlight of the 58-mile day: meeting up with one of our East Coast Greenway friends who happened to be in the area.

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Erie Canal bike ride: Seneca Falls to Syracuse

Four important women who aren’t the usual Suffragettes.

Look for the references to 19 in Seneca Falls —we spotted signs for the right to run 19 (that’s a 19k run) and had breakfast (and a great conversation with two locals) at Cafe 19.

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