Bike trip to Blois and Chambord

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Me, outside of Blois Castle
One weekend, we took a field trip to the Loire Valley and stayed the night in Blois.  There was a typical, tourist-y "spectacle son et lumière" (sound and light show) at Blois Castle, depicting the town's history, at night, and a little sight-seeing around town.  Blois, however, is not as exciting a town as others, and Blois Castle is certainly not as well-known as, say, Chambord or Chenonceau.

Luckily for us, the field trip included a visit to Chambord to see the town and castle.  We were told we would be biking the twenty kilometers or so, and it would be a "leisurely ride through the French countryside." I envisioned us biking down a trail for a few hours, stopping every so often to take a picture.
My professors (and Professor Thomas' son Devreaux) having lunch in Blois
  The reality of the situation was far less fun.

I had broken my tailbone about six months before, and unfortunately that's an injury that never fully heals.  I was dismayed to discover we would be riding on old beach-cruiser-style bikes, without gears and certainly without ergonomic seats.  Additionally, my classmates seemed to think they were participating in the Tour de France, and it was literally a race to see who could get to Chambord first.  My roommate and I took our time, and arrived well after everyone else.  We took a tour of the castle, wandered around the town a bit, and decided to head back early so as not to be left in everyone's dust again.  Looking back, it was a good experience overall...but any memories I have of it are certainly marred by the pain I was in during the entire bike ride.

My tailbone still hasn't forgiven me for aggravating it like I did that weekend.
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Me, outside of Blois Castle
Me, outside of Blois Castle
My professors (and Professor Thoma…
My professors (and Professor Thom…
Hotel Mercure, where we stayed in …
Hotel Mercure, where we stayed in…
Me and my roommate, getting ready …
Me and my roommate, getting ready…
Amanda, Joy and Michelle upon arri…
Amanda, Joy and Michelle upon arr…
Chambord
Chambord
Amanda and me at Chambord
Amanda and me at Chambord
Inside Chambord Castle
Inside Chambord Castle
Inside Chambord Castle
Inside Chambord Castle
Chambord
Chambord
View from Chambord
View from Chambord
Chambord
photo by: Vikram