Tour de France
I got a great book for the holidays, The Discovery of France. It combines two of my great loves: bikes and history. Graham Robb, got himself a bike and rolled 14,000 miles of back roads, dirt tracks, and open land at the speed, he notes, of a stagecoach.
A bicycle unrolls a 360-degree panorama of the land, allows the rider to register its gradual changes in gear ratios and muscle tension. The itinerary of a cyclist recreates, as if by chance, much older journeys: transhumance trails, Gallo-Roman trade routes, pilgrim paths.It also made