As much as I like to wing it on many of my adventures, it's a good idea to at least have a rough plan. This is especially true when pedaling unfamiliar roads. The whole point of cycle-touring really is to pedal unknown roads and get to know the land and people. At least as much as possible when one is passing through an area. This is why I like cycling so much. Cycling allows one to move somewhat quickly, yet not so fast that the scenery becomes a blur and the people anonymous.
I know I am starting out at Land's End,
Trains are a great way to begin any cycle tour. Especially in Europe or the
Trains are also great if time is limited. Believe it or not there are folks out there with "real jobs" or students who can only get away for a week or a few days at a time. With trains one has the option to save pedaling a few hundred miles to get to the country one really wants to pedal through.
In fact, as I will be pedaling back from
But maps and day to day planning is not really my forte. I have a rough idea of following what I would consider the English version of the American Cycling Association's routes.
They are lining out routes and maps that criss cross the country. The routes are scenic, practical and where possible are traffic free. Check out the previous post for a short route through Cambridgeshire.
OK, I'll keep you posted on the route planning...