You Did What? What happens when two friends, who had never done more than a week-long bicycle tour before, launch into a crazy plan to ride their bikes across Europe?
From the authors of “The Practical Guide to Bicycle Touring” comes a fantastic tale of how Ben Owens and Jason Sickle planned for and completed an entirely self-supported, multi-week tour of the European continent via bicycle and train. Using their 2011 trip from Warsaw, Poland, to Barcelona, Spain, as a backdrop, this book offers helpful advice to anyone considering a similar journey across this fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes challenging continent. If you are somewhat intimidated by the prospect of spending weeks on a bike in a region of the world that speaks a different language, has different foods, uses a different currency, and has a host of different customs and laws, then you will find this book to be a candid and refreshing memoir on how to make your own tour happen. Written from the perspective of two non-European, non-professional cyclists/authors, this narrative is filled with tips, interesting facts, maps, references, beautiful photographs, and a good mix of humor to show how you can pull off such a trip of a lifetime.
Ben and Jason’s story highlights how Europe has established a cycling paradise, especially when combined with their World Class European train network. You’ll see how they were able to take months of research and planning and turn it into an amazing tour across some of the most spectacular countryside in Europe, while meeting many new friends along the way. This funny and informative account will leave you ready to plan your own European bike touring adventure!