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Old 08-30-10, 02:50 PM   #1
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9 Countries in 9 days- Easter 2011

I would like some advise primarily; does anyone know if this has been done?

Regardless, i'm going to give it a go, and will do so for charity.

My plan would be to head from the UK to Holland via ferry, and then get to the border with Belgium to start. From there- head south- through 7 other countries. The proposed route, which I would happily share with any interested parties, is just shy of 800km.

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Whats the big hurry? I spent a week just around Bruges Ypres and Kortrijk.
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9 countries?

9 countries?
UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany. That's only 6.
Or are you preparing the end of Belgium with Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels and Eupen-Malmedy or the East Cantons?
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The Warsaw Pact tour!

Greece
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Serbia
Kosovo
Albania
Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovinia
Croatia



The gray part is where, if you don't consider ferries cheating, you could ferry to Italy, ferry back to Slovenia and haul tail north to Austria and make it 12 in 12 days. Heck, I haven't done the googling but could you get from Austria to Hungary by bike in a day? If you could, you could hit up Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland to make it 16 in 16 days. That's something to consider.

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gah! sounds like you'd spend more time showing your passport and changing money than riding :/

border crossings always feel like an unnecessary hassle - 'though it's gotten a LOT better with Schengenland (or at least Euroland)...

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in those areas they're often okay with cyclists skipping to the front of the queue
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I like your thinking. Something to consider indeed.

The original idea is 9 starting just inside The Netherlands, crossing immediately in to Germany, Belgium, then later Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy.
I have planned a route which comes out at 813km.

I have cycled Lands End to John O'Groats- End to End- in the UK, that's 1700km. That took me 13 days, loaded with luggage. I hope to have many people joining me this time around and I will be doing it for charity. Hence the point of 9 in 9- to see if it is possible as it is better from an advertising point of view, and therefore likely to receive more sponsorship for Children with Luekaemia. I am a Head of Year at a secondary school, and one of my pupils recently passed away, so it is close to my, and my friends and families hearts.
Here's the link to the event page:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund...ys&isTeam=true

This will definately be an endurance event rather than sightseeing, which I have already done a lot of in Europe. It will begin on March 13th 2011.

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The Warsaw Pact tour!

Greece
Bulgaria
Macedonia
Serbia
Kosovo
Albania
Montenegro
Bosnia and Herzegovinia
Croatia



The gray part is where, if you don't consider ferries cheating, you could ferry to Italy, ferry back to Slovenia and haul tail north to Austria and make it 12 in 12 days. Heck, I haven't done the googling but could you get from Austria to Hungary by bike in a day? If you could, you could hit up Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland to make it 16 in 16 days. That's something to consider.
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Sounds like a great trip and a good cause. Sorry to hear about the loss of your student.
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