If anyone has any touring experience on a tandem recumbent we would like to hear your words of wisdom.
Thoughts on GPS versus maps and map books.
Paniers versus a trailer.
Carrying spare parts.
Any other thoughts.
Summer of 1992 I rode from Rome to Brussels. Eastern part of Europe while you are looking at the western part. I stayed in cheap motels, pensiones, and youth hostels every night. Easy to find and at the time pretty cheap. In late 2000 I went to Portugal and Spain and stayed in cheap motels and cost was reasonable. Motels are easy to find and cheap and towns are close together in Europe. Unless every dollar matters, no need to camp. Actually it may be much harder finding spots to camp in Europe than the US. There is open space, but not nearly as much as in the US so wild camping will be more difficult. And laws and customs in a dozen different European countries may not be the same as in the one US.
I used Michelin maps of some reasonable scale. 1:200,000 or something like that. Bought from a bookstore here in the US. I suspect you can order them online too. Do some research from other touring books, websites and see what scale they recommend. I forget which I used. The Michelin maps show all the roads. Even some that are not paved and you really want to stay off of. Its easy to navigate with the Michelin maps and a compass. Helps to know North South East West when you come to an intersection. I also carried a Fodors book for Italy. Probably not needed. Sent home later in the trip.
I used panniers front and back. Even though I did not camp. Maybe packed extra heavy. If going again I'd go much lighter. Never used a trailer so don't know what they are like.
For spare parts I think a spare tire and a couple spare tubes and patch kit are enough. Bikes should be and are pretty reliable. And there are bike shops in Europe if something goes wrong and you can still keep going well enough to get there.