Touring in France, this year
So the long and the short of this is such:
I intend to take 2-3 weeks off this year, whenever the timing for the location works best, to go ride in France for a while.
I know I may be biting off more then I can safely chew here due to a more general lack of experience touring. Regardless this is the general idea to go to france, do a more credit-card style tour going from village to village. I do not intend to camp out and I do not really plan to carry a lot with me. I am more interested in covering distance and I have the monetary savings to run this credit card style.
On that note I am still debating between two bikes in my stable. My road bike (Aerocat, carbon fiber) and a cyclocross bike which is my work/ commuting bike (Redline Conquest Pro, aluminum ). I know the smarter choice is the Cyclocross bike but part of me still has an urge to bring the Aerocat out and really cover the miles.
In general I am looking for these tips though:
1. Best time? I dont know Europe's climate well so when is the best season? Perhaps I have missed it already?
2.If I was to set-up my road bike what is the best suggestion someone has? Between panniers and other options?