John Calver emailed me a few months ago asking for information about the route I was planning on taking. I emailed back at the time explaining that I hadn’t really got that far. He was planning to cycle from Calais to the Italian border in July this year, and he has! He got in touch a few days ago pointing me in the direction of his blog and online photos which are the most valuable, most relevant bits of information that I have so far managed to glean from the Internet! Thanks John & Tom! I have even emailed John back asking if it would be possible to meet up at some point in the next few months as I would love to hear first hand about their experiences and have all the questions I was asking myself as I read through the blog answered.
The map of their route compared to the EuroVélo 5 route as well as the Via Francigena is up there on the right. Reading through their blog, they seemed to make a lot of use of GPS to actually navigate on the route itself. One to think about.
They also did the ride for charity – something I have yet to decide upon. Their charity is, I think, the Volunteer Poverty Development Children’s School in Cambodia. I think I have got the Internet link correct – John: please correct me if I am wrong!