Does anyone here know anything about - or is planning on joining - the AF3V's Vienna-Nantes semi-supported long distance ride at the end of May next year?
Having bought a new bike and finally started properly equipping myself for bike touring this last summer, I tripped over the website - http://www.af3v.org/Nouvel-article,428.html
and it's really captured my imagination! I've done a couple of backpacking trips to Europe, badly want to go back, and the opportunity to combine it with an epic bike tour is too good to resist.
I sent one (English-language) email to the AF3V way back in mid-August and got back an automated email saying they were closed for summer holidays, then nothing further, but the website for the ride is updated regularly so it's obvious planning is progressing. I need to get off my butt, brush up my high-school French and send them another email, bilingual this time!
The basic plan is Vienna to Nantes over 45 days, ~2300 km total so about 40-70 km per day, which is a nice easy day's ride and almost all along the EuroVelo 6, which is apparently a lovely cycling route. 20 Euro per day gets you two meals and some sort of lodging, which sounds mostly like campsites or school gyms. Coming from western Canada, I'd be doing an open-jaw ticket into Vienna and out of Paris; it look like KLM through Amsterdam both ways might be the best bet, but I'm leaving serious flight planning until January.
I can swing the eight weeks off work, and I actually have about three-quarters of the money I'd need in the bank, so this is actually looking doable.
Anyone else here heard of this ride and planning on joining, or considering it?