Where will cycling 4 smiles be?
Looking into the market for continental-crossing cycling routes, it has become clear that the European Union has done their work, and they have done it well! Creating the EuroVelo network has unite thousands and thousands of travelers and has benefited local economies and especially made an impact on the well-being of the people “affected” by it.
“EuroVelo is a network of 15 long distance cycle routes connecting and uniting the whole European continent. The routes can be used by cycle tourists as well as by local people making daily journeys. EuroVelo currently comprises of 15 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020.”
As you can see, there is plenty of choice to go for, so if you feel like jumping on the saddle for a couple of days, you have got where to! For the pessimists, I would like to state that these routes are not just comprised of signs on existing roads but paths that are designed to pass through UNESCO sites and national areas of outstanding beauty! Please have a look on the EuroVelo website – and who knows? You might be the next one to follow a route or a route stage around Europe.
EuroVelo 6 route for the win! – Atlantic to Black Sea
To start with, I was relieved that I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel and research every side road and junction. There is something special about the idea of crossing a continent from West to East and even finishing this epic trip in my home country, yes please! That’s where EuroVelo 6 came into place. Researching more, the opportunity to follow the Loire valley in France, see Mont Saint Michel, follow the Danube river from it’s origins whilst passing the Swiss Lakes & Alps, convinced me straight away.
But let’s not forget why I am here! (Read here to understand my motivation).
It’s about people! Meeting fascinating people and sharing their happiness is what I would like to do in order to have the biggest impact. If you know any place on the route that is worth visiting, any person that would be willing to share their stories or host me for a stage of my adventure, I will be flexible enough to set of the “beaten” path and embrace it.
I would highly appreciate your suggestions in the comment box below considering that I want to make this as much your trip as it is mine!
My goal is to enjoy every meter and hour of the next 40 odd days!
For the next days I will make my way as follows:
- London to Portsmouth
- Porthsmouth to Caen ( overnight ferry)
- Caen – Domfront
- Domfront – Angers
- Angers – Tours
- Tours – Orleans
- Orleans – Nevers
- Nevers – Digoin
- Digoin – Bourg-en-Bresse
- Bourg-en-Bresse – Geneva -Switzerland
- Geneva – Vevey
- Vevey – Bern
- Rest day
- Bern – Lucerne
- Lucerne – Vaduz, Liechtenstein
- Vaduz – Immenstadt
- Immenstadt- Reutte
- Reutte – Innsbruck
- Innsbruck – Salzburg
- Salzburg – Linz
- Linz – Melk
- Melk – Vienna
- Vienna – Bratislava
- Bratislava – Budapest
- Budapest – Szolnok
- Szolnok – Oradea
Route – EuroVelo 6
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