Last year I did an a small bike-trip to Tilburg. This year, again without a solid plan, and not wanting to take the plane (too much hassle), or train (takes quite long to get somewhere), I decided to opt for another bike-ride, but this time a bit longer, to visit my old colleague in Dresden, the capital of the German federal state of Saxony, on the Elbe River.
The days before, I replaced worn-out bike parts, and bought some extra food and stuff, and I was ready to go: a couple of bags, full of repair tools, clothes, towels, food, liquids, and electronic equipment (almost 20kg, ugh). I also looked up a coarse suitable bike route, for which cycle.travel was of utmost usefulness. 1 I uploaded the map data to a borrowed Garmin Dakota 10. During the trip itself, I used my laptop to adjust the route to include places where I could stay for the night. In the end, the total trip length was about 860km.
- This site makes use of the data from the collaborative OpenStreetMap, which includes an incredible amount of info, among which what routes are suitable, or made, for biking.