Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Franko barada nikto
Bikes: Enough bikes...for today!
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I lived in/cycled around in London from 1980-1988, and covered a lot of ground both in the city as well as the Home counties countryside. Back then, you could still travel by train with your bike fairly easily, so it was very good at allowing one to get in shape for longer tours. I did an extensive solo tour from London to Copenhagen and could easily have made it to Stockholm, but I was a little green and got lonely...pity that!
I had joined International Youth Hostels which at least in northern Europe was ok - a cheap bed at 50 mile intervals, ability to cook a meal on the cheap, meet other wanderers, etc. Things must be a lot different with the EU - Eastern Europe opened up, must be great. That's where I'd cut my teeth if I were you, given your current economic bind.
I also rode 4 two-week tours in France, one in Greece, and a three-week one in northeastern US/Canada. All were blasts. Travel is most liberating - I hope you can find a way to realize your dreams.
Cheer and benedictions,