So we are planning a 6 week trip to Europe from early July to late August 2012. We have "many" ideas but really can't quite decide what we should do. We are riding a Recumbent Tandem Trike & plan to warmshowers & camp on route. We have looked at many trips. We have a decently long time and are from Canada & thus it all seems like reasonable riding in terms of distances. It is our first trip and we'd like a variety (mind you no mountains) and are prepped to ride 25 to 60km a day. The Rhine Route interests us as does northern Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands and maybe Austria? We are not really planning Eastern or Southern Europe(Italy) at this time. A bit of France would be 'okay' but likely moreso on the next trip. If we ride from Copenhagen down to Germany & over into Amsterdam what would winds be like, would this make sense at all? It seems from what I am reading that most are pedaling the North Sea Cycle Route in a northernly direction.
Anyone with more information as to camping on farms/locals property (not for the free) but to get to know/meet people would be appreciated. I am also keen to hear of gear outfitting stores in Europe? Anyone that can provide me some names of some stores like we have in Canada or the U.S. such as MEC or REI but in Europe would be great. I assume they have them!
We plan to fly into one city and out of another and hope to ship our bike bag/materials to someone at our departure city destination. Any other suggestions on this would be great also. We also note that taking our bike on the trains is unlikely an option ;-( So I am wondering if anyone knows if a bus would take our trike? It does have couplings and it would be a just in case option. If anyone has any experience with this that would be great or any other suggestions (tranport trucks?)
Lastly, we have read in at least one spot of people taking their Tandem Recumbent Trike on the airplain not broken down, but whole so the baggage people see it and get what it is. Anyone done this or know of anyone that has and if any airlines that would take it?
Sorry, lots of questions... -first off is the plan so any info is happily welcomed!
Kiersten & Denis
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