Canada - Europe Cycling Route Our Cycling Route Across Canada (Beginning from our home in Edmonton, Alberta, we rode our bikes east across Canada before flying from Montreal to Paris.) Map © Lonely Planet See our Canada Page for more info on Canada and this portion of the trip.
Cycling Route Around Europe
Map © Lonely Planet
Sharon and Neil say Two Thumbs-up to:
Intrigue of European history, small villages where time has stood still, European cycling paths, and quiet less-travelled rural roads.
We landed in Paris at the end of October and beelined it to Lisbon where a friend was flying in to meet us mid-November. Two weeks later, our friend flew home from Malaga, Spain, and we rode high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Ronda, Granada, and finally Pic Veleta (3398 m) -- the highest paved road in Europe.
With Christmas nearing we decided to head via train to the French Riviera and meet friends for the holidays. Almost one week later (!) we arrived in Cannes after surviving a most horrendous train ordeal. (The trains in Spain don't always take you across the plains -- especially when one has a fully loaded touring bike in tow!) We rested with our friends on the Riviera for almost a month before resuming our journey.
Our post Christmas ride began in Nice where we caught a ferry to Corsica, then rode the west coast of that island before catching a ferry to the Italian island of Sardinia. We spent the remainder of the winter months exploring beautiful Sardinia.
As the weather warmed we gradually made our way back to mainland Italy, then north to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, a month on Ireland, then over to the Scandinavian countries before heading back south through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and back into Italy where we caught a ferry from Venice to Greece.
After cycling from Patra to Athens, we boarded a ferry to Crete and circled the island before setting off for Rhodes. In Rhodes we phoned home to tell the folks we were heading to Turkey. But, upon learning that Neil's mom was in the final stages of a brave battle with breast cancer, we aborted our world trip, and flew home to Canada just in time to celebrate Christmas with our families.