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Andy and Eric search for a train

By By Chris Whitaker / staff writer
June 28, 2002
One day after they completed their European bike trip, Andy and Eric Armstrong faced another challenge Thursday: They had to find a train to take them and their bikes to Paris.
Andy and Eric had to determine which of four train stations in Budapest, Hungary, also would let them board their bikes. They used the city's south train station.
Andy, 58, and his grandson, Eric, 15, planned to leave Budapest at 8:10 p.m. Thursday and head for Munich, Germany. From there, they planned to switch trains and head for Paris.
Andy said the tickets cost $450.
After buying the train tickets, Andy wanted to tour Budapest during the day Thursday. When Andy learned that the guided tour at his hotel was booked, he and Eric rode their bikes.
Andy said his bike now has sentimental value the trip across Europe would probably be the last time he rode the bike because of its mechanical problems.
Twice while riding through Budapest, Andy said, people stopped them because items had fallen off their bikes.
Andy and Eric plan to arrive in Paris at about 4 p.m. today. They plan to return to New Orleans at about 4 p.m. July 3.