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    Senior Member Rona's Avatar
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    Make sure you know your pincode for your credit card. Credit cards are different in Europe-- they use a Chipknip system instead of the magnetic strip like American cards. My American Mastercard and Visas are NOT accepted everywhere I go, but I can draw money out of just about every ATM and use cash.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipknip

    Your American cell phone likely won't work here either. If you want a phone, pick up a cheap 14 euro one from Vodafone. I was able to use my American AT&T phone by getting a new SIM card, but my old Verizon phone didn't work here at all (no SIM card).

    Free Camping on public and private land is not allowed here in NL a lot but farm camping (boederijcamping) is very reasonable. Last summer we found farm campsites for 8 and 9 euros per person per night. Hotwater showers and breakfast was included. Most of the barns have rec rooms so when it's raining and miserable, you can stay inside, read, play games etc.

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    2 Fat 2 Furious contango's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    My point was that he didn't specify where in Europe, hence the question about the gearing.
    I know, it's fair to assume that "a tour of Europe" doesn't mean "back and forth across the flat parts of Holland".... the whole tongue in cheek thing is lost on the interweb

    There's parts of England that are all but flat. The Snowdonia National Park isn't one of them
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    i think this is an interesting idea, even feasible. My only opposition It is not that easy to find campsite for wild camping in Europe. In most countries camping is not allowed. Therefore you have to sneak in and sneak out from private properties. in some places suck as Germany, Netherlands, Belgium there are so many towns, villages and roads that there are no possible places except city parks. Wild camping is best in Eastern Europe, Poland, Tjeckien, Slovakia. etc

    a possible solution for washing and shower could be to go to high end hotels with laundry service. Only if you have a lot of money.

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    I would recommend a different bike. And trying to save up some more money. This trip is going to be far more expensive than you may think, bad **** always happens. You don't want to put yourself in a lot of debt, or worse, not be able to make payments and ruin your credit rating.

    This trip sounds fun, and I wish you the best, but if you are serious about this, work some more before hand, it will pay off. Good luck!

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