The journey took place during the summer and early autumn of 2001. Two thousand miles, eight countries, from Northern Ireland to northern Italy. Here I provide a synopsis of the route, country by country, and give a little more information on what I brought with me, and what I was singing as I rode along..
Big fries, Newgrange, B+Bs, stumbling across motorways
and fun in Norn Iron. This was my first chance to get a feel for riding
the bike, arriving somewhere, finding somewhere to stay, grab a bite to
eat and retire to nurse my sore legs. (Repeat every day for two months
and you'll end up somewhere nice.)
From Brittany, along the Loire and into eastern France. Great
food, road-melting weather, and a few sightings of the full-on saint.
Along the affluent Rhine, through Zurich and on to Bregenz.
Through the weird principality of Liechtenstein before I head for the
What I rode, and what I slept in
Essentials for the international saint-pursuing cyclist