By Mike McQuaide
Bellingham’s Mike McQuaide is an avid cyclist and the author of 75 Classic Rides: Washington. This past February, Mike and his family moved to Luxembourg in Northern Europe. To follow Mike’s various and sundry adventures check out Mike’s Facebook page: An American in Luxembourg.
About five months ago, your intrepid guest writer (moi) and his family moved from Bellingham to the tiny Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, smack in the heart of Northern Europe. A man who has his priorities straight, I made sure to bring my road and mountain bikes and thus far, have pedaled a few thousand miles on both road and trail, up and down the hilly Ardennes, across and through deep dark woods and foraying into France, Belgium and Germany when the mood strikes.
I’ve made a slew of great riding buddies here and have managed to share my love, passion and lust for all things cycling with the Luxembourg Ministry of Tourisme office. And thus, last Sunday, I found myself a guest in one of Luxembourg’s five vehicles in the Tour de France pre-race Caravane Publicitaire, which followed the day’s parcours from Versailles to the Champs Elysees. It was soooooo much fun that my facility for words, such as it is, cannot conceivably capture it. I’ll try, but to cover my butt, as it were, here’s a photo essay that’s much more photo than essay. Enjoy!