New to Cycle Touring and I have some time off work so was thinking of riding over to visit some friends in Westport Ireland from London. According to Google its about 900km from London.
Currently I have 2 bikes which are both 3 speed Internal hub bikes more geared to Commuting
1- A Globe Daily 1 3spd (Shimano 3 speed hub)
2- A Non-Folding version of the Dawes KingPin 3Spd (Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub):
I don't really want to buy a new bike at this point as I have limited storage space and funds at the moment - and I'm not sure I"m into this cycle touring thing. But I guess If I'm paying for accommodation along the way - a faster bike means less nights accomodation.
Would it be crazy to just stick a back rack + Panniers on the Globe Daily 1 and ride to Ireland? (and back - I guess I could take some trains back)
I guess it would take quite a while to get there (10 days each way?). Do people usually just camp on the way? I thought I'd stay in hostels / hotels maybe. Is it legal/safe to just camp along the road in the UK & Ireland?
I've done some 50 km day rides on the Globe Daily 1 in the Netherlands. It was ok.