COUNTRIES

As we snake around the world, we're making notes on what it was like to cycle through each country. How easy was it to find water? What was the price of a coffee? What were the drivers like? Plus other titbits of information we wished we'd known, before we hopped on the saddle. So in alphabetical order, here's how we found it. We hope you find it useful.

Our route so far: Spain > France > Switzerland > Germany > Denmark > Norway > Sweden.

This is solely based on our own, personal experiences, and 2018 prices.
In regards of fuel, we use a multi-fuel stove, the Primus Omnifuel I.
 

DENMARK

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ESTONIA

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FRANCE

 Route through France.

Route through France.

Duration: 22 days.
Time of year: Mid-April to early May.
Weather: Mostly sunny and between 20°C–25°C. There were a couple of rainy days, but it wasn't heavy.
Roads: There are some scary D roads, so we started using Komoot to navigate, which took us on the backroads instead. We spent the majority of our time after that on dedicated cycle paths or quiet country roads.
Drivers: Very impatient, bordering on dangerous.  
People: Super friendly. We met so many French cyclists and campers. 
Food: There are supermarkets everywhere! And they're super cheap. A day's food from here would cost around €8-€10. 
Fuel: We couldn't find Coleman fuel. We got a 460ML Primus gas canister for €6 from Decathlon; it didn't last long. Then we got 1L of Essence A – a recommended white gas substitute – from a large L'Éclair supermarket, for €5.70.
Water: The few water fountains we found didn't work. We either bought water or filled our large water pouches at campsites.  
Coffee: €1.20 single, €2.40 double.
Campsites: Excellent campsites with great facilities – pools, bars, shops. We mostly paid off-season prices, too. 
Wild camping: We found some incredible wild camp spots. It was quite easy to hide away 

 

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SPAIN

 Route through Spain.

Route through Spain.

Duration: 10 days.
Time of year: Early April.
Weather: Mostly wet. Although locals said the heavy rain was unusual. 
Roads: We were predominately on main roads. They were super quiet and super smooth – a dream. 
Drivers: Very courteous. They'd pull right out into the other lane to pass us. 
People: We didn't met many Spanish people at all really – even in the campsites. Maybe due to the time of the year...
Food: Supermarkets were cheap, but there weren't that many of them on our route. We'd spend about €6-€10 daily here.
Fuel: We didn't need to buy fuel in Spain.
Water: There was a water fountain in every town/village square we passed. We never had to buy water.
Coffee: €1 single. 
Campsites: Basic, often overpriced for what you got. Especially in comparison to France, which is the country we went to next.
Wild camping: We only wild camped once, on a cycle path. There were a couple of people around, but we had no problem.

 

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