I would appreciate any comments or feedback.
Next summer my brother and I are planning to fly to Galway (west coast), pick up rental bikes (21 speed Saracen hybrid tourers) and spend 7 to 10 days touring southern Ireland. The bikes are part of the Rent-A-Bike program so we don't necessarily have to return them to Galway but can drop them somewhere else and take the bus back if we wanted to.
After much review of websites and email correspondence with the bike shops, this seems doable. I tour on a bike very similar to the Saracen and I'll be taking my own saddle, pedals, accessories, and panniers. The low gearing on the Saracen is quite low so unless we have awsome hills, we could probably make 40 to 60 miles per day fairly easily. My normal riding is about 100 miles per week, with about half on a Saturday, and my brother does about 15 -20 miles per day on a road bike.
We are planning to fly into Galway and spend the first night there with reservations at a local B&B.
For the rest of the tour it would be staying in B&B or hotels at night with no reservations ahead of time. Or at least, none more than one day ahead. This is a "credit card tour" .The Irish Tourist Agency promises me that I should not have a problem finding a room at night.
Has anyone done a credit card tour of Ireland without a structured itinerary?