The general outline of our planned trip is as follows:
First leg is from Amstserdam to
. We arrive in Paris Amsterdam on the 8:30am on the 27th and plan on 2 nights there - need to mellow from the flight:-) It's 535km to Paris though there is a strong possibility Brugge will be added.
Next leg takes us down
Loire river - 475 km. This is probably the most organized cycle route of the trip - Lots of campgrounds and Chateaus.
we take the train to Carcasonne - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcassonne Sun, sand,and beaches are next – though roads are narrow and traffic in May is expected to be heavy. This section is 555km – 6 days so arrive in Nice the night of the 16th. Nantes
Somewhere along the planning it was decided that the French Riviera,
Pisa and Florence should be added - 475 km. Lately we’ve talked that if can get ahead of schedule there may be time for a day or two in by train. Rome
Now aTrain trip to
COMO and then the crossing of the ALPS. 316 km – 3 days.
Then we follow the Rhine most of the way back to
. 759km - 7 days. Amsterdam
Total 3115 km in 31 days = 100 km per day. 36 days total for trip and including the stops in
Amsterdam and Paris
That leaves 0 days of cushion. Hmmm, I guess there’s always the option to take more train/or pedal further each day.