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Faro to London

themanfrommothemanfrommo Posts: 4
edited August 2008 in Tour & expedition
In June / July 2009 I plan to cycle from Faro (Portugal) to London.
I would really appreciate some advise as to a possible route (that must include Pamplona Spain), and the essentials to be carried.
This will be my very first Tour ! so ANY and I mean ANY advice would be welcome.

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  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    I'd do some short tours (even if it's only for a weekend) before you try to do something as long as that. Apart from anything else this will give you the chance to test out your bike and kit.
  • The bike and I already do 400 miles a week so I have no doubts as to this aspect of the journey. The kit and route is where I need advice. Thanks for your information.
  • andymillerandymiller Posts: 2,856
    edited August 2008
    It would make it easier for people to offer advice if you were a bit more specific about what you want to know and you gave some more information: eg are your riding a road bike? are you planning to camp or stay in hotels/hostels? are you planning on cooking, or eating in restaurants?

    As far as the route is concerned you might want to check out the Camino de St Jacques (which has road and off-road variants) which goes (in reverse) Santiago de Compostella -Oviedo-León-Burgos-Pamplona-Roncesvalles-St-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port. Beyond that, I'd be tempted to follow the Atlantic coast and get a ferry from Normandy to the sourth coast of England and avoid Dover. But equally you might want to go up the Loire valley from Nantes to Orléans and then onto either to chartres of Paris. It all depends on your interests and priorities. The best thing would be decide on the places you want to visit and then plot a route between them - I know that sounds like obvious advice but I don't think there's another way.
  • xiliosxilios Posts: 170
    There is some information about your questions on our page below. We cycled the Camino from St.Jean pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela this spring. Unfortuantly I haven't finished our page yet, still one week to go :oops: Hopefully i'll have it up by next week. Check it out and also the tips page.
    Hope it helps you out some. cheers
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