CYCLING WITH YOUR OWN MUSCLES, DESPITE A CONDITION
Hanny lives for more than 20 years with MS

Hanny has had Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years. Despite her MS, she cycled parts with her BerkelBike (a hybrid between a tricycle and a recumbent) along 5 different rivers in the Dordogne in the last week of September.

Cycling during our holiday in France

For weeks in advance, the seven-day tour in the Dordogne was booked. With my new tricycle, the BerkelBike, we were able to make trips out of three different locations.

From previous bike tours, the landscape was known, but an exercise plan comes with the BerkelBike, and I had the recumbent just for two weeks. The plan pointed out that I was allowed to cycle three times 20 minutes in the third week. Combined with the fourth week, it would be 5 times 20 minutes.

It meant that I had to adjust my plans: because of the muscles and joints, I noticed that indeed it is better to gradually build.

Cycling, cycling and more cycling

And so it became five days cycling for 20 minutes along the Dordogne, Célé, Lot, Masses, and Céou. Of course, sometimes a little longer than 20 minutes, because it went very well with this great recumbent! For as it is, in such beautiful surroundings, you lose track of time.

Not just for long distances

So besides cycling, there was plenty of time for sightseeing excursions: visits to Martel (the city with the 7 towers, built by Karel Martel, when he managed to stop the Saracens at Poitiers), Figeac (the birthplace of Jean-François Champollion, who deciphered the stone of Rosettea and subsequently the hieroglyphs) and Cazals near to Les Arques, where Ossip Zadkine lived and worked and where his artworks can be admired in a museum and in a 12th century church.

The BerkelBike is also my little tricycle for in the towns and museums, our luggage and two lawn chairs, it all just fitted in the car. My husband did the loading and unloading job, and his own bike was put on the bicycle carrier at the back of the car. Together, we had a terrific practice week.

A quote from her email (dated June 6th, 2013):

“Nearly every day I cycle with the BerkelBike, and we even took it to France in the summer and fall. I am still very happy with the bike!”

Hanny

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