Okay, the bags are packed and anything I could possibly imagine needing for a 760 mile bike ride in France is included. As a matter of fact, my bags are so full that I may exceed the allowable weight limits for luggage! But, I have taken nothing that is un-neccassary and I hope that I have not forgotten anything important. Gone are the days when I used to travel for months out of a single shoulder bag.

I have found a couple of definitions for the word  baggage and I am unsure of which one applies to in this circumstance. First there is the common “trunks, suitcases, etc.,” but then there is “things that encumber one’s freedom”. Until we get to Paris I believe it will be the latter.