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Moving Stuff Around In France(3 posts)

Moving Stuff Around In Francewillem72
Jul 7, 2003 8:40 PM
I want to go to France next northern summer - either June or September - for a month or two.

I can take the touring bike and camp - save money and work hard.

Or I can take the racing bike and stay in cheap hotels etc (although only if I can convince The Beloved to join me - and I'm working on that!) - more money but the lovely roads are more fun on a light bike.

If I/we choose the latter (cheap hotels and fast bikes), is there an inexpensive system which permits us to forward our stuff on to the next town so that it arrives there about the same time we get there on the bikes? My guess is we'd have a bag each - street clothes, a change of bike gear extra and some bits and pieces - 7-9 kgs.

That way we could stay a week at a time in the nicest places and then jump to some other spot about 100-130 kms away.

re: Moving Stuff Around In Francephilippec
Jul 8, 2003 12:25 AM
re: cheap but nice places to stay. You will want to check out the Gites de France system which is a 50 yr-old network of rural b&b's, holiday homes and travelers'hostels. (, stay w/ the b&b's and the "Gites d'etape" -- travelers hostels in the 2-3 "epis" ratings. typical prices are 35-50 euros B&B for 2 + breakfast, ~6-18 euros per person in the Gites d'étapes, no breakfast but access to kitchen facilities. Sometimes the latter are in dorm-style lay-out (often in historic old homes/buildings) but most have several 2 person rooms rooms.

Re. getting around:"your best bet is to bring the roadbikes, use the SNCF(train)/Bus network to get to your "bases" and ride around from there.

Any more questions, feel free to ask,


Thankyou - sounds like fun - most helpful (nm)willem72
Jul 8, 2003 2:55 PM