Not quite sure how we decided to tackle this route. Started with a look at the Eurovelo site and the maze of long distance cycle paths covering Europe and I think Mary was attracted to the idea of following the sun. We mentioned it to a few of our friends and the general reaction was a very polite "daft idea" and "not at your age surely". I guess that settled it!
The route looked straightforward at first with a detailed description on the Eurovelo site but I should have learnt by now to always read the small print. Scandinavian countries appeared well organised with all the route signposted but down at the other end, Italy was still thinking about it!
Next, a check on the web to find others who had completed the route. Lengthy search found 3 blogs and a google map. Many thanks to the authors of those sites for their efforts and inspiration. Unfortunately, they all followed completely different routes to the point of travelling on opposite sides of the country in Sweden and Italy. The official Eurovelo map arrived - chocolate teapot. With just six weeks to go, we're still trawling over maps and the internet. We'll have to make a decision soon!
For those planning a similar journey,I've listed below, the sites that I found most useful in checking out the route. Please contact if you would like a list of the many other sites that we have found helpful.