I just heard about this site through a friend on couchsurfing...and it looks amazing. I have a three month leave-of-absence from my job to go on my first epic bike ride. I've done several overnight trips, and semi-regular 40-50 mile day trips, so I think I'm physically prepared. I'm looking for some information and ideas.
First, my route. My plan is to bike Ireland, then parts of Spain, France, Germany...and possibly Italy. Are there specific routes people would recommend?
Second, company. Anybody looking to ride with me?
Third, bike. I'm not decided about where I should get a bike. Would it be better to find something good in the states and fly it over to Ireland or are there good shops in/around Dublin that you'd recommend?
Finally - anybody have just general hints?