After doing some research, I am beginning to rethink my plans for Ireland as my first tour. It is still on the "todo" list but with the soso roads and amount of rain, I am looking to elsewhere.
One thought was the Netherlands. Yes it still has rain but it's nice and flat and geared(no pun intended) toward the bicycle. Plus I have a email friend there that I have never meet and it would be nice to meet.
I was thinking of taking a ride to Brussels and if I feel real energetic, Paris or down to the Chunnel for a ride over to England. But this is probably a bit much for two weeks. Should I just tour the Netherlands and forget Brussels?
Another thought was Italy. I have seen pictures and it is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Large citys don't impress me that much. I like the small little villages. I don't mind some rolling hills but would probably want to limit the mountains. What areas of Italy should I consider?
How do prices compare to these to areas for the US dollar?
Because of my riding partners schedule we are pretty limited to September in 2006.