Preparing for the trip.
We are currently in the process of preparing ourselves for the next stage in our cycle touring adventure of Western Europe. The plan is in place and most of the route is set.
Kim and I will be pedaling our Surly LHTs from Leiden, NL to Rome, Italy.
Leiden is a historical town 30 minutes by train to the south-west of Amsterdam. We have been running a bed and breakfast for several weeks now and are very happy about getting back out on to the road. We love the comfort of this place and the scenery of this city clustered with canals and wonderfully preserved buildings and monuments.
Though the streets are clean and smooth and the people abundant and friendly, we are really missing the road and moving by bicycle from place to place. We miss the challenge and physical exertion that it takes to power our way across several countries. We will be traversing 7 on our way to Rome.
Starting in Holland we head SE and ride along the Belgian border before getting into Germany. We will spend some time there before we hit Switzerland and head in a more easterly direction in the northern foothills of the Alps. From there Kim and I start our serious climbing and will reach our highest point on the borders of Liechtenstein and Austria before making our pass south to Italy.
For those of you keeping count:
We have all of that mapped out and plotted in the GPS (link to the website I used to download the gps tracks. Includes interactive map.), have splurged on a book detailing the first 500 miles or so that is written in Dutch and are feeling good about setting forth on our route once more.
This will be our first time to travel while keeping to a strict schedule. Kim and I have to ride 45 miles per day to make this trip from Leiden to Rome in 23 days. Whereupon we hope to sit back and take in an ancient city and relax before hopping on a plane back to the United States.
This is going to be an immense challenge. And we are taking it head on. We know that there will be stress, sweat, sore muscles and cold nights along the road, but at this point we would not have it any other way.