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Is this too ambitious for 2 months in Europe?

Hello

Myself and my boyfriend are planning our first long touring trip in western Europe, both of us are quite active. He has done long bike tours before but this will be my first big one. Our plan is to start in Madrid end of April 2013 and make our way to Copenhagen end of June we have 58 days. We would like to average about 100km a day with no more then 50lbs of gear on bike. Our rough route which I will just include a vague itinerary is as follows

Spain Madrid April 30- May 3 (start cycling to Barcelona on May 3 and get in sometime May 9)

Barcelona May 9-13 (start cycling to Paris from 13-25 plan on cycling up through the Bordeaux region to Paris with 1 full rest day)

Paris May 25-29 (start biking to Brussels from the May 29-31)

Brussels May 31-June 4 (start biking to Amsterdam from June 4-5)

Amsterdam June 5-9 (start biking from June 9-15 to Berlin)

Berlin (June 15-19) (bike to ferry from June 19-20 get on ferry June 21 head to Malmo Sweden)

Malmo from June 22-25 (train or bus across to Copenhagen June 25)

Copenhagen June 25 -June 27
Fly home

Any comments, idea's and thoughts or suggested routes much appreciated. We will be camping along the way and hoping to take advantage of some warm shower hosts. This is both of our first times to Europe.

Kim

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Gear on bike trailer

Hi Kim,
Are you really going to tow 2 trailers behind your bike?? Or have you put the two trailers together for the photo?? Or is it the way the photo has been taken that it happens they are attached together? If you really intend to tow two trailers , I would love to get reports from you on how your ride is going and how you are able to control the movement of your trailers -especially downhill at speed.
Sue Redman New Zealand

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Hello No bike trailer, the

Hello

No bike trailer, the picture must be someone else.

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Europe

Hi Kim,
timing looks good for me. But you are going through a lot of big cities, which is not too much fun from my point of view. Especially the area around Barcelona is not easy as it is very busy and has few roads good for cycling. Going through Brussels area, Paris and Berlin will mean around 100 km of heavy traffic for each city. I do not want to discourage you from going there but you have to be aware that it is much more stressful, takes more time and is more dangerous than riding less populated areas.
Anyway, have fun!

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Thank you very much for your

Thank you very much for your comments. I was thinking we could just train in to the large cites. Or maybe even stay outside of them at a B&B or hotel and train in for a visit. The Large cities were my major concern.

Kim

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Plenty of time

Hi!

Two months are plenty of time I guess. Last summer I cycled from Copenhagen to Venice which is about 2000 km and it took me 17 days (one day off the bike in Salzburg). The average day-distance was 110 km. If you don't spend too many days in the big cities I can't see why you shouldn't reach the plane in Copenhagen! Have a nice bike-trip!

Kasper

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Hi Kim, I'm currently on a

Hi Kim,

I'm currently on a world tour and I agree with Walter about the big cities - you will not be able to keep to 100km's when navigating somewhere like Barcelona (which I cycled through) or many other big cities.

Early in my tour I'd put in extra km's either side to compensate and keep up my average daily, but now I use the big cities for rest periods, e.g. I'm currently in Strasbourg waiting for the sun to show up!

Derek
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tour of Europe

Hi Kim

What you have planned is certainly possible but not necessarily enjoyable. Although my touring has been limited to 1500 kilometre jaunts I have found a slower journey has much more to offer than 'head down' go to whoah trip. Many other touring cyclists have shared this sentiment after their outings. By all means undertake the planned journey but in future try the other method.

cheers and good luck
Chris