Mon Tour de France: Preparation I
One more day left before leaving Vienna for France and 1 week before my cycling trip began.
not many day left (1) but I think I’m nearly prepared:
- Accomodation – booked
- Route – sorted
- Hired bike – sorted
- Guide for each city – printed but not read, that will be my airport in transit reading..
The excution can only be as good as the preparation, if not worst. Because one can only prepare for the known problem, and known-unknown problem. However it is the unknown-unknown problem that always get me. Thing that I don’t know exist. The best I could do is to narrow it down and dear Buddha – I always would try my best to. I know too well how bad it can get when things go wrong and worst when I am alone. To make it more challeng, the extension of my French goes as far as “Parlez-vous anglais ?” How do I say, my bike is punture? Not a clue.
Acccomodation: Overnight stay in France is not cheap. Normally range between 30-40 Euro. Youth hostel are avialable but not widely spreadout. Due to cost contraint, I decided to plan my route around accomodation and I manged to book all my accomodation in the Youth Hostels as listed below.
|Aix: Auberge de Jeunesse||19 Euro|
|Tarascon: Tarascon, 31 Blvd Gambetta
13150 Tarascon (Bouches-du-Rhône)
|Arles: 20 Avenue Foch
13200 Arles x 2 nights
|17 Eurox2 = 32 Euro|
|Nimes: 257 Chemin de l’Aubergue de Jeunesse
|Nice: 3, rue Spitalieri
|Total||102 Euro + some booking fee|
Bike: I decided to hire a bike instead of bring my own from Vienna. Although the cost over all is more, (70 Euro in total – 5 days, 10 Euro per day, plus 20 for safety kits and baggage compare with 40 Euro surcharge for a return flight bringing my bike with German Wing). My Poco Rosso (that’s the day bike I used in Vienna) is not fit enough to take the hammering of over 300km journey. In addition, as his name suggest he is not on the light side either. Check out aixpritvelo.com for more information on hiring. They are pretty good, responsive and helpful over the email. I will let you know if the bike they provide is on-par with their service.
Route: I use http://www.bikemap.net/ to plan my route. It’s a lot better than google map as it checks the verticle climb out and draw route profile too. I learned my expensive and painful lesson – last trip I planned the route without taking into account of the vertical profile and arrived a the base of the countless hills of Cornwall, totally unprepared.
The rough map of my tour route is as below. I will post a detailed route out individually later.