I posted a number of questions over in the touring forum about my upcoming tour, mostly along the lines of "am I going to die?". The Historian was good enough to chip in with some advice and suggested I post details of my tour over here on account of being a clyde.
So here it is:
On Thursday the 11th of June a friend and I are going to try and cycle 400 miles to 4 countries in 4 days.
- We start in London and cycle 90 miles to a Ferry port where catch an overnight ferry.
- We wake up in Holland where we cycle north, via Amsterdam to our overnight stop in Northern Holland, again about 90 miles.
- We then head south east, going over a cool 16mile bridge type thing, and after about 90 miles get to Germany, 10 miles into Germany is where we stay.
- The last day is about 120 miles from Germany, through Holland and into Belgium ending up in Brussels.
- The next day, at 4pm we get on a Eurostar train from Brussels back to London.
I'm a 220lb oaf, my cycling partner (not life-partner, although there's nothing wrong with that) is considerably lighter, but we seem to be fairly well suited cycling wise. We've cycled together before and are well matched in terms of pace.
This is the first tour for both of us, but we seem to to have the same sort of attitude towards this trip i.e. we've got all day to do the distances and we'd rather be on the bikes in the countryside than sitting in an Amsterdam cafe. We're both wildly ignorant of how painful this will be and are charging ahead building ourselves up for this adventure.
Now please, bearing in mind I leave in 3 weeks and it's all booked, please don't say too much to shatter my fragile confidence. I'm looking for words of advice and words of encouragement.