We are in the process of preparing for our return to France.

  • We are looking for places to sleep in between Madrid and Paris (we only need a little corner of land to pitch the tent!). If you can help us out, please follow this link.

  • We already have a couple of conferences lined up along the way. To see the schedule, follow this link. We would be happy to met with you!

We are also looking for an apartment in Paris or the surrounding area, starting in mid-May 2010. Any help or suggestions would be most welcome!

Three Cheers for Our Cyclists

After a night with Caspar in Orange, then a night in Saou with Thierry (Sébastien’s uncle) and Julie, and another night camping, we arrived in Beaujolais country… Sébastien knows it well since his parents moved here when he was 18 years old. He knows all the little back roads that run through the rolling hills. We rediscovered the sun-warmed rock, the halls we visited when we were looking for a place to hold our wedding reception, little corners where we had picked cherries, blackberries and grapes.

We chatted as we rode calmly along. Around Chazay d’Azergues, we were met by two big waves – Francois and André. They wanted to greet us as we passed, and invited us to speak at a conference in September. We continued towards Lachassagne.

We could see one final hill in the distance and we watched as a cyclist rode quickly down it. Sébastien thought it was his brother Damien coming to meet us. But then the cyclist turned around, turned around again, and finally stashed the bike beside the road and hid. We knew it was for us. We chuckled to ourselves. We saw eventually that it was Liliane, Sébastien’s mother, who had ridden out to meet us. It was a big reunion, and our eyes filled with tears. Liliane rode Sara’s bike up the last hill to try it out… and ended up falling flat on her back, overcome by the weight of the bike when it came to a stop.

On the way back to the house, Sébastien’s dad, Jean-Pierre stopped to say hello to us on his way home from work. When we arrived at Sébastien’s parents’ place, we saw they that had put up a sign that read “Three Cheers for Our Cyclists!” It was very moving.

Damien and Marine showed up and also tried out the bikes. And a little later, Nicolas (Sébasitien’s other brother) came with Céline and Paulin, our nephew who had been born while we were away. We spent a wonderful weekend with them all.

We are realizing just how quickly things are moving now. The next step is the Jura, and we have a full schedule there. We are meeting with Antoine Lyonnet de Saint Laurent School in Grandvaux on Friday afternoon, then a conference presentation at the Saint Laurent town hall on Saturday night. And of course we can’t forget our friends in Haut Jura who are waiting to celebrate with us.


[Drapeau de France Heather | Le 27-04-2010 11:41 | Add a comment]

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