French cyclists Eric Delubac, left, and Stéphane Cazottes stop for the night in Delphos. (DHI Media. Nancy Spencer
French cyclists Eric Delubac, left, and Stéphane Cazottes stop for the night in Delphos. (DHI Media. Nancy Spencer

DELPHOS — Two French cyclists on a cross-country trek from Boston to San Diego stopped for the night at the Victorian Guesthouse in Delphos on June 22.

Stéphane Cazottes and Eric Delubac are making the 3,292-mile trip in 44 days with 38 days (stages) of riding an average of 94 miles and six days of rest. The pair plans to arrive in San Diego on July 25.

Both men work for the French National Railways (SNCF) and met while working on a high speed 1 track renewal between Paris an Lyon.

They started planning the trip last September.

“We took several weekends to plan,” Cazottes, who speaks English fluently, said. “We had to map out each day and makes sure there was somewhere stop or if we needed to go 110 miles or maybe 80 miles to make it work.”

During the first leg of the trip between Boston and Delphos, the thing they both noticed is how friendly Americans are.

“Americans are more friendly than the French,” Cazottes said. “Everyone has waved and some have stopped to see what we are about or if we need help when we are on the side of the road, even without asking. It’s very surprising for us.”

Delubac is surprised how many cars they have encountered — much more than they would have in Europe.

“In France, we would have shouted at people many times,” he said. “Everyone has been respectful of us riding as well.”

He was also surprised at how many items are plastic here, including grocery bags etc.

“There is so much plastic,” Delubac said. “In Europe, that isn’t what we see.”

This is far the from the first cycling adventure for Cazottes, 50, and Delubac, 58. Most recently, August 2021, they rode from Fontainebleau, France, to Traifa, Spain, — 1,289 miles in 16 stages.

This ride is special; however, as Delubac is retiring from the SNCF. His wife will meet him in Los Angeles and they will vacation for several weeks in the United States in celebration.

Cazottes and Delubac are riding normal road bikes with a maximum of 5 kg of luggage, including spare parts and tools. Both also have run marathons, half marathons and participated triathlons.

Cazottes found his love of cycling while doing triathlons and Delubac started riding with his father when he was young.