Crossing France from South to North
I wanted to know if any of you has crossed france on a bicycle? I am asking this because I am going to be studying in Nice for the whole month of September, and was thinking in going from Nice to Paris riding solo before getting back to the states. My plan is to take my bike to ride the whole month of September in a few places like: Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Barcelona and Madrid on the weekends and then cross the country during the month of october. The language is not a problem as I am fluent in French as well as Spanish.
Basically my questions to you would be:
What routes do you recommend?
Any good hostels around?
Is it safe to go solo? I know there's always a risk going by yourself but...
Tubulars or clinchers?
Weather conditions? does it get too cold during October?
My plan is to ride with a small bakpack just with basic things and the two bottles of water that my bike can hold. Any suggestions?
I was thinking in ridding somewhere between 50 and 100 miles and then rest for one day or pull 50 miles two days in a row and then rest for a day, not really sure yet, and I can climb a 10 mile mountain with 6% and 8% gradient in about 45 minutes or so, not sure if mountains would present too much of a difficulty. Also, I would be riding most probably on my 89' Bianchi reparto corse or my 1970's Allegro, still trying to see whats more suitable for the ride as I have never been there and therefore I don't know what the conditions of the roads are, etc.
Any advice would be great, as I am really looking forward to this trip.
Thank you in advance !!!