The 2015 Tour de Travoy actually started on June 30th when I cycled 140 km from Aughnacloy to Dublin. After a few days in Dublin, we then flew to Paris on July the 2nd. After spending the week-end in Paris, I officially set off on the 2015 Tour de Travoy from the Arc de Triomphe on Mon July 6th. It took over a month to cycle over 3,000 km around France and then back to Ireland via Belgium and the UK. After 7 weeks away, I eventually made it back to Donegal on August the 16th.
Tour de Travoy 2015 (Part 1) Paris – Grenoble
The first part of the Tour de Travoy was from Paris to Grenoble between the 6th and 23rd of July. I manged to see the Tour de France at Tarbes on July 14th and in Lourdes on July 15th. After three days in Lourdes, I set off towards the Med before meeting up with Noel in Grenoble on July 23rd. From when I leave Paris until I arrived in Grenoble I stayed in campsites with the exception of 3 nights in a hotel in Lourdes. I was lucky the weather was good as the distances involved were considerable each day. The planned route took in not only the Tour de France but also the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes from Paris to near the Spanish border.
Profile – Part 1 – Paris to Grenoble
Tour de Travoy 2015 (Part 2) Grenoble – Donegal
The 2nd half of the Tour de Travoy started on July 27th and it took until August 10th to make it back to Ireland. The route took me through the vineyards of Champagne and the World War 1 battlefields in the Somme and Flanders. I had to get an overnight sailing across the English Channel from Dunkirk to Dover as all the daytime sailings were booked up. After 2 day’s break in London, I got the RailSail train all the way back to Dublin.
Profile – Part 2 – Grenoble to Donegal