Do you love bike trips in Europe? A great way to get to know Europe intimately is by foot – or, in this case, bike. Slowing down the pace a bit from a drive or train and using back roads (or canal paths), immerses you physically and mentally.
Slow Down and Enjoy the Moment on an One-of-a-Kind Trip, Like Biking in Europe
And so it is that I am headed off to practice what I preach: slow down, get to know one area for better experiences and memories, try a challenge or incorporate some kind of adventure into your travels.
I am not an experienced Road Biker but …
A confession: I am NOT a road biker hobbyist or enthusiast. I LIKE biking, but haven’t joined a weekly group to go far and wide, climb hills and mountains. For me, that’s why God made the ebike! But I DO like biking, and spin class and getting outdoors. So, a Level 1 biking tour seems like just the thing to try.
What Will It Be Like?
The perennial question to any new trip: What Will It Be Like?
All I know is from my other travels to Belgium and the Netherlands: quaint towns and exciting cities full of interesting architecture, art and history. Picture perfect windmills and tulip fields (in spring). Cheese, beer, potato creations of all sorts. The waffle.
I imagine happy people – the Dutch, with all their orange decorations, are so PUMPED at sporting events.
But I know there is a darker side, too; one of war, of internment, of Jewish loss of life. I know I will specifically explore this, too.
So it is, with my basic overall understanding, that I am set for this biking adventure in Belgium and the Netherlands and what it brings. I am staying on a barge between bike rides, so that will be a “slow” mode of travel, figuratively and literally.
I look forward to what my experienced bike trip guides will bring out in the landscape, the villages, and all places we visit. I look forward to learning as well as the physical activity.
I will post along the way – follow me to see what it is like to slow down to have MORE.
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