Greetings from old Europe! I'm Les, and I'm British although I currently live in Germany. How I got here is a long story but basically, I gave up a life in the UK about 6 years ago, got on my bike and cycled here via France on what was supposed to be a long tour. Anyway, the day I set off was Sept. 11 2001 and it seems that for a whole week, I was probably one of the few people around not aware of what was happening in the world at that time, until I got a close look at a French newspaper.
I later discovered the town of Oldenburg, which is close to Holland and is geared up to a cycling culture, and I decided to stay. It's easy to base most of your transport needs around cycling here, so I sold off stuff like the car etc. and now enjoy a really healthy and low-cost existence.
In the last few years, I've toured much of Europe but my favourite corner remains the west side of Scotland, where I went last year for an island hopping tour. I usually take a small tent and cooking equipment and wild camp much of the time. My touring bike is a Dawes Galaxy - really a road bike with racing handlebars which allows for fast touring but needs good surfaces.
I've started planning for a really long tour next year and I'll hope to get advice from some of you. I need to work out a good route from the east coast of USA to the west coast and back again, taking in as many highlights as possible and avoiding getting run over.