Vélorails Pays Chartrain in Bailleau-Armenonville, France

About an hour outside Paris, not too far from the historic town of Chartres, you can go for a self-powered ride along a decommissioned railway line that's nearly reclaimed by nature.

Riding a special vélorail, or bike train, you peddle along a single stretch of track for just over 9 miles (6.2 kilometers), from Gallardon to Coltainville. The route is essentially, and quite beautifully, in the middle of nowhere.

It takes about an hour and 45 minutes to ride at a very leisurely pace....

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