I've been lurking around this site for some time after being inspired to undertake my first cycle tour after reading about Andrew Sykes' adventure to Brindisi in her book (Cycling Across Europe on a Bike Called Reggie). So after discussing with my wife it has been agreed that I will look to do this next (2014) summer. We have 4 children so the selfishness of this jaunt isn't lost on me but she understands it's something I really want to do.
I was initially looking at France, then The Netherlands down through France, but I have now looked at Denmark as a starting point. Of course from my home near Wakefield in West Yorkshire (UK) I will have to cycle to Harwich first to get on the overnight ferry to Esbjerg. My rough (very rough at the moment) idea of a route is:
Home > Harwich (2 days)
Overnight Ferry to Esbjerg
Esbjerg > Odense/Nyborg (area) (1 day)
Nyborg > Copenhagen (1 day)
Copenhagen > Rodby (1 day)
Rodby > Hamburg (1 day)
Then somehow Hanburg to Rotterdam (taking in Amsterdam) befor a ferry back to Hull and then home. (? days)
I'm aiming to make this trip in 9-10 days. I know that I will need to put in for some long days and miles in the saddle but that is the challenge I am looking for. Sightseeing will have to be done at a pace!
Can anyone help out a newbie and advise on possible routes. What roads I am allowed to cycle on is a question that I keep asking myself!