So I'm finally going to get the chance to use that Cannondale T2000 that I bought last summer! My plan is to start in Lisbon, Portgual, and finish up in Vienna, Austria. I have about 5 weeks to do it, so I'm hoping I'll be ok for time. Because money is tight I'm going to camp for most of it. I've ordered a Big Agnes Seedhouse Sl1, which I'm hoping will do the trick.
Anyway, because this is my first cycle tour, I was hoping I could ask your advice on a few things. I'd be really grateful if you could help with any of the following:
1. Bike security - when you're camping what do you do with your bike to make sure noone steals it in the night?
2. Food. I'm hoping to travel as lightly as I can, and if possible I'd like to avoid carrying around a load of cooking gear. As a matter of practicality, is it possible just to buy your food and get away without actually having to cook anything?
4. How often should you take a day off to rest? I don't have any experience of multi day tours, but I want to make sure I don't over exercise, which could lead to fatigue or injury. I'm reasonably fit, and am hoping to do 60-80 miles a day.
I know these probably sound like daft questions, but I don't have any experience yet and don't want to run into any problems that could have easily been avoided!
Thanks for any help you can give.