Hey! I'm planning on a little trip (my first more-than-one-day trip actually).
I'm going from Münster in Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW) to Lübeck (to the beach in Travemünde actually), with stops in Bremen and Hamburg.
My bike is no tourer, but I'm confident it can handle this.
I have two small 15L panniers I bought from Aldi (I'm a student on a budget, what can I do ), plus a backpack I'll mount as a handlebar bag. I'm still looking for a cheap one though. I'll be doing Couchsurfing so I don't really need a lot of luggage.
NRW has a really good bike trip router online (http://www.radroutenplaner.nrw.de/), but that covers around 60km of my ~300km trip. Does anyone have an alternative? I would like to be able to download a GPX track, which I'll use with my phone's GPS. Is ridewithgps.com + openstreetmaps cycle reliable? Also in "walking mode" (there is no "official" bike route between Hamburg and Lübeck, that I know of)?
If you know a good map (paper), I'll look into it, although I never navigated with maps before.