the itinerary - the map - the route - some figures

The itinerary

We will bike through 10 countries of Europe: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. We will more or less follow the West coast, preferring small roads and cycling tracks. We will cover a total distance of 8,000 km in 6 months, with an average of 65 km per day, 5 days a week, trying whenever possible to find a nice place to spend the week-end.

The map (click on the map to enlarge)

The Route

Chart of distances

  • Colonne 1: places of reference
  • Colonne 2: distance between places of reference (rarely daily distances)
  • Colonne 3: cumulated distance
  • Colonne 4: estimated number of days since departure
  • Colonne 5: appoximate date of passage through points of reference
1
2
3 4 5
Norway
1,392
Cap Nord
0
0 0 2-Jun
Honningsvag
35
35 1 2-Jun
Russenes
105
140 3 5-Jun
Alta
110
250 6 7-Jun
Skibotn
292
542 13 14-Jun
Nordkjosbotn
45
587 14 15-Jun
Tromso
73
660 15 17-Jun
Nordkjosbotn
73
733 17 19-Jun
Bjerkvik
148
881 21 22-Jun
Sortland
165
1,046 24 26-Jun
Svolvaer
77
1,123 26 28-Jun
Sorvagen
133
1,256 29 1-Jul
Bodo-Fauske
66
1,322 31 2-Jul
Lonsdal
70
1,392 33 4-Jul
Sweden
503
Arjeplog
165
1,557 36 8-Jul
Slagnas
61
1,618 38 9-Jul
Bjorksele
104
1,722 40 12-Jul
Umea
173
1,895 44 16-Jul
Finland
332
Vaasa
0
1,895 44 16-Jul
Pori
193
2,088 49 20-Jul
Turku
139
2,227 52 24-Jul
Sweden
843
Stockholm
0
2,227 52 24-Jul
Soderkoping
110
2,337 55 26-Jul
Vastervik
110
2,447 57 29-Jul
Oskarshamn
110
2,557 60 31-Jul
Ljungbyholm
105
2,662 62 3-Aug
Johannishus
110
2,772 65 5-Aug
Trolle-Ljungby
110
2,882 67 8-Aug
Ystad
110
2,992 70 11-Aug
Malmo
78
3,070 72 12-Aug
Danemark
469
Copenhagen-Stege
120
3,190 75 15-Aug
Gedser
112
3,302 77 18-Aug
Tars
152
3,454 81 21-Aug
Flensburg
85
3,539 83 23-Aug
Germany
382
Husum
42
3,581 84 24-Aug
Husum
41
3,622 85 25-Aug
Meldorf
63
3,685 86 27-Aug
Gluckstadt
47
3,732 87 28-Aug
Bremer-Haven
72
3,805 89 30-Aug
Leer
95
3,899 91 1-Sep
Nieuweschans
22
3,921 92 1-Sep
Netherlands
624
Delfzijl
32
3,953 93 2-Sep
Lauwersoog
60
4,013 94 3-Sep
Harlingen
70
4,083 96 5-Sep
Lemmer
73
4,156 97 7-Sep
Harderwijk
82
4,238 99 9-Sep
Amsterdam
68
4,306 101 10-Sep
Zandvoort
40
4,346 102 11-Sep
Hoek van Holland
75
4,421 104 13-Sep
Brielle
24
4,445 104 14-Sep
Deltaexpo
54
4,499 105 15-Sep
Vlissingen
46
4,545 106 16-Sep
Breskens
0
4,545 106 16-Sep
Belgium
60
Knokke
25
4,570 107 16-Sep
Ostende
35
4,605 108 17-Sep
United Kingdom
527
Douvres
0
4,605 108 17-Sep
Rye
56
4,661 109 19-Sep
Eastbourne
38
4,699 110 20-Sep
Brighton
40
4,739 111 20-Sep
Petersfield
75
4,814 113 22-Sep
Southampton
48
4,862 114 23-Sep
Sherborne
90
4,952 116 25-Sep
Exeter
102
5,054 118 28-Sep
Plymouth
78
5,132 120 30-Sep
France
954
Roscoff
0
5,132 120 30-Sep
Saint Thegonnec
31
5,163 121 30-Sep
Brasparts
38
5,201 122 1-Oct
Roudoualec
27
5,228 122 2-Oct
Plouay
40
5,268 123 3-Oct
Pluvinière
32
5,300 124 4-Oct
Elven
37
5,337 125 4-Oct
Missillac
56
5,393 126 6-Oct
Saint-Nazaire
30
5,423 127 6-Oct
Boin
50
5,473 128 8-Oct
Les Sables d'Olonne
76
5,549 130 9-Oct
La Tranche s/ Mer
44
5,593 131 10-Oct
La Rochelle
60
5,653 132 12-Oct
Rochefort
42
5,695 133 13-Oct
Royan
54
5,749 135 14-Oct
Pauillac
66
5,815 136 16-Oct
Bordeaux
60
5,875 138 17-Oct
Lugos
56
5,931 139 18-Oct
Escource
48
5,979 140 19-Oct
Vieux-Boucau les B
62
6,041 141 21-Oct
Biarritz
45
6,086 142 22-Oct
Spain
1,602
Elizondo
55
6,141 144 23-Oct
Tolosa
63
6,203 145 25-Oct
Amorebieta
90
6,293 147 27-Oct
Bilbao
20
6,313 148 27-Oct
Trespaderne
80
6,392 150 29-Oct
Burgos
64
6,456 151 31-Oct
Baltanas
79
6,535 153 2-Nov
Valladadolid
66
6,601 155 3-Nov
Salamanca
130
6,731 158 6-Nov
Bejar
73
6,804 159 8-Nov
Plasencia
57
6,861 161 9-Nov
Caceres
97
6,957 163 11-Nov
Badajoz
105
7,062 165 14-Nov
Jerez de los Caballeros
74
7,135 167 16-Nov
Aracena
72
7,207 169 17-Nov
El Rocio
123
7,329 172 20-Nov
Sevilla
67
7,396 173 22-Nov
Arcos de la Frontera
114
7,510 176 24-Nov
Tarifa
130
7,640 179 27-Nov
Gibraltar
48
7,688 180 29-Nov

 

Some figures

A few figures about our journey, as compiled on July 31th :

Norway: 1731 km

The most:
Total for a day: 133 km on 7/31
Ride hours in a day: 8h35 also on 7/31
Average speed: 17,6 km/hour on 69 km (06/15)
Maximum speed: 58 km/hour for Ben on 06/07, 57 km/hour for Gaë on 06/18

The least:
Total for a day: 32 km on 7/20
Ride hours in a day: 2h45 also on 7/20
Average speed: 11,3 km/hour on 06/06
Maximum speed: 30km/hour on 07/13

Since we are in Sweden and Finland, we have no more "serious" slopes and consequently our maximum speed no more exceeds 35 km/h.

Temperatures:
At the North Cape: 7° in the morning
In the tunnels: 5°
Monday June 18th : maximum 10°
Tuesday June 19th : max 20°
Wednesday June 20th : max 30° (under the sun…)

Mechanical troubles:
Due to the flight travel, the front wheel of Gaëtane bicycle has been buckled. At the end of the first day at the North Cape, Benoît skillfully fixed that using the spanner provided to tune the wheel spokes. The courses we attended on mechanicals before our departure are priceless, thanks Tanguy ! Then on the second week Gaëtane had a problem in the speeds selection: to go up on the rear chain-sprocket, she had to move up twice, then move down once. This time Benoît could'nt fix it, during the courses on mechanicals they had already foreseen the complexity of the speeds selection mechanics. This has been fixed by a professional at Solvaer in the Lofoten.
Besides that, nothing to mention: no flat tyre, no fall.
Every 10 days we clean and oil our chains; every 3 weeks we grease our saddles and check all bolts and screws.