Observations on French roads vs. USA. I think I saw three potholes in a month and a half. When I got back to NY, I couldn't believe how bad the roads were. The big advantage in USA is the traction is quite consistent. In France you learn to study the road surface. There seems to be 3 distinct surfaces. The scariest being a kind of shiny smooth jet black that has almost no texture. The tricky thing is that for a short distance that surface can appear at almost anytime. In the wet it can be dramatic. Now, while they don't have potholes, we sampled a lot of roads that felt like the roadbed used was unripe melons (or was it watermelons!). I think this helped explain the popularity of the KTM's. They look fairly nimble on the tiny roads sections and have lots of suspension travel. The Bosselé (bumpy) parts tend to come in sections unlike the unpredictable craters at home.