Not All Who Wander Are Lost
A lazy loop thru Europe in 2014 via EuroVelo long-distance cycle routes.
The idea is to travel along bits 'n pieces of EuroVelo routes 2, 4, 5 and 9
EuroVelo is a brilliant concept, a network of 12 long- distance cycle routes crossing Europe. The total proposed length is 60, 000 km, of which more than 44, 000 km are in place already.
Sounds really good doesn't it?
Naturally there are things that aren't so good, for example, in 2012 I found gradients of up to 20% on the EV6 in Germany and accommodation can be hard to come by particularly in 'New' Europe... Whatever!
Getting ready to go:
Maps: While I'm ancient enough to love paper maps, I use a Garmin Edge® 800 - a bike computer with GPS. And it ain't always easy going
In 2012 I used paper maps way more than the GPS, especially Verlag Esterbauer route books and while both book and GPS were pretty good ( both were sometimes a tad vague) and this, combined with the sometimes crap signage meant that I spent a bit of time getting lost every now and again so I fully expect to get lost again this time too
Visa: Under the Schengen rules I don't need a visa, but something that may (or may not) be problematic is the 90 in 180 days time limit under Schengen, if I'm having a good time and if the money is holding out then it's possible that I might want to stay longer than 90 days. It seems that there are two basic ways of doing this, a 'temporary residence permit' in one of the Schengen states (do-able in Germany for example) or a much simpler, if not entirely upright, way that's open to Australians and allows us to spend an additional 90 days in the Netherlands (or Denmark) at the end of a tour which in theory at least allows 180 days in 180 days, well, as long as the immigration officer at the airport isn't too inquisitive about exactly what you've been doing the past 90 days...
I'm thinking about this, I might just save all the inevitable hassle with airlines by buying a new b/trike when I arrive
As they say, "watch this space"
Vaccinations: I won't bother
Once you're there:
Accommodation: Warmshowers hosts, bed 'n breakfasts, pensions and hotels but no camping
Food: Lots of mouth-watering expectations! In 2012 I ate like a couchon but even so I 'lost' 5 kilos of weight over ten weeks
Money: This will be a 'credit card' ride and everything, well, almost everything, should be available by credit card and for those things that aren't, there will be heaps of ATMs
Roads: As in 2012, I anticiapte variable conditions, mostly well paved and often with nice clearly marked bike lanes but of course, out in the backblocks the roads are more like those in Oz - a collection of patches and pot-holes
Traffic: See above, variable!
And while I said thgat I never want to see cobblestones ever again, let alone ride on them, well, I will...
The most frequently asked questions:
By folk in Oz: Why?
This really is a case of it seems like a nice idea...
By folk in Europe: