On June 16th 2014 I will start my second European tour. It will start in Paris and end in Tallinn, Estonia and will cover between 4000-5000km, the route is not fully decided yet. I will mostly be travveling alone but for the first 3 weeks one of my good friends will be joining me.
I am specifically looking for advice for the French and Italian part of the trip as this IS decided.
Paris - Geneve - Marseille - Monaco - Milan
Paris to Geneve seems straight forward and we would expect to be there in 4 days. We have to be Milan for the 4th July as my friend is flying back then
Has anyone travelled part of all of this route and could you offer any advice. My biggest concern is the part from Monaco, over the alps and into Cuneo. I am used to travelling large daily distances (180km+) but in Denmark it is completly flat so I am concerned about the Alps and road conditions, especially on the E74 road starting north of Monaco and going to Cuneo. Is this road safe for cycling on? It seems the flattest way but when I use various websites to plan a cycle route they divert off to the right making it much longer and much hillier. Has anyone cycled this route?
My second concern is cycling along the south of france in late June due to the heat and amount of traffic on the roads, is it adviseable?
also if are stopping by your town/city along the way and you have a place to stay for the night this would also be most welcome, or if anyone is going to cycling part of this route at the same time please let me know
thank you in advance