You and Lance Armstrong can have the Tour de France. Cycling doesn’t get any better than this leisurely, creature-comfort-filled tour of the French Canadian countryside, where I’m now pulling off for lunch at the riverside Kayak Café, with its balcony overlooking a small waterfall in the middle of the village of Labelle. I’ll have the salmon tartare and a nice cold beer, s’il vous plait. Then I rent one of the cafe’s kayaks for an hour to paddle the Riviere Rouge before jumping back on my bike.

Now THIS sounds dreamy. Bicycling through Québec on the Route Verte (best bike route on earth per Natl Geographic). Read the rest at

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