Third Roadtrip Report

 Tour de Paris The 7 a.m. Texas summer sun casts a long shadow…

We took the 2016 ERA 70X on an overnight trip to Paris, Texas to ride the Tour de Paris bike rally.  Paris does a good job of coordinating their event with the Tour de France.  All that is missing is the climb into the Alps. I suppose July Texas heat is a good trade off.

We stayed in the Paris Love Civic Center parking lot, which is near where the ride started. They have about 40 RV spots in their parking lot with 30 or 50 amp power and fresh water and a view of Paris’ version of the Eiffel tower (65 feet, with cowboy hat).  A dump station was located elsewhere (not needed by us).  We shared the lot with a 22 foot Coachman class C and the Mad Duck RV from Grapevine.

Our ride started at 8 a.m., temp about 86 degrees with winds SSW at 11-15 mph. The wind was a significant factor heading out for the first 20 miles or so, then we turned north west back toward Paris so the vector at least was not partially or fully in our face.  We ended up finishing in just over 3 hours.  Loaded up and headed back to Dallas. We had several people stop by our spot before and after the ride to admire, covet and comment on the 70X. We noticed one woman taking photos with her iPhone. Something about a jet black Mercedes van with a satellite dish on top that oozes cool.

 Rest_StopRest stop at about mile 15. For those who do not ride, the reason that the bikes are on the ground is that they do not have kick stands.  Kick stands = extra weight and when one is riding many miles, you want your bike as light as possible.

About winnebago70x

Between the two of us, we are proud parents, Texans, Texas Exes, long distance runners, cyclists, adventurers, a guitar player, a computer programmer, a great cook, a lawyer, an engineer, a physicist, etc. etc.
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One Response to Third Roadtrip Report

  1. eeltinge says:

    Thule makes a rear hitch bike carrier that can carry 2 65 pound electric bikes. I use it to carry a Specialized Hybrid electric bike. Great for hills, heat, trips to Trader Joe’s, and those of us who are just getting older.

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