Cycling Abroad

I love getting around on 2 wheels, as long as it is safe. I have cycled in Germany, Austria, Italy, France, India, USA…

In Munich, I cycled with my American group. Everything is geared up to cyclists here, with cycle paths throughout the city. The English Garden is the best part though and the bike lanes go on for ever and the Chinese Tower with it’s beer garden is a highlight there. You just wouldn’t know you were in a big city.

Vienna This city is wonderful for cyclists and has bike paths and even special traffic lights for cyclists. I would recommend cycling to the Prata Allee which is next to the Giant Ferris wheel and fun park. From here you can cycle to the River Danube and the Danube Island. I did fall off my bike here, avoiding a little kid – still have the bruises.

Salzburg As with Vienna, a cyclists’ paradise. The cycle path along the River Salzach is beautiful.

Italy Well here I just cycled on the Island Elbe. I was with a group and had a free afternoon but didn’t want my group to see me on the beach. My driver suggested cycling to another beach as the hotel had bikes for rent. I agreed but it was a very hilly, long ride in the heat. The beach was worth it, though I did try to persuade my driver to cycle back to the hotel, get the coach and come back and pick me and my bike up. I did manage the ride back to the hotel.

France Cycling around the gardens of Versailles is defintely to be recommended. So much to see, including Marie Antoinette’s place. Did this with a group of Americans – they loved it.

India Well, I wouldn’t recommend cycling in India unless you are in a quiet spot. I was in Kerala at the Marari Beach Resort and they advertised bike rides at the hotel. It was in fact a free self guided bike ride with a map and instructions (and a bike of course) issued by the hotel. I was on holiday and my husband didn’t want to go but my Father was with us and he did want to go. I’m not ageist but my Dad is 70 and I tried to talk him out of it but he insisted on coming with me. All was well until he tried to cut a corner and fell off his bike. thankfully. he was ok. Kerala is Communist and my Dad had collided with a flag pole and the Communist flag along with the stars of Communism came crashing down with him. The locals did not look happy.

In the USA I rented a bike for a week while staying on Anna Maria Island in Florida. This island is long and narrow and quiet. On a windy day I cycled 5 miles to one end of the island and hadn’t realised how windy it was, until I turned around to cycle back to our condo. I had to cycle against the wind and it really felt like I was on an exercise bike – cycling like crazy but getting nowhere.

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