my wife and i are looking at cycle touring across europe this summer and we needed some guidance. we have never been to europe before so we are sort of guessing about alot of things. we will probably only have about two weeks and our goal is to see as much different things as we can. we are really interested in seeing the netherlands and germany and it would be the fulfillment of a dream if i were able to stop and see a mountain stage of the tour de france. my wife is also very interested in at least seeing part of italy. i know this is probably too much for such a short time so we are looking for suggestions on what to leave out based on different factors (i.e. weather, time of year, etc). i was thinking of going around july. we are willing to take trains periodically if needed to see more areas and our hope is to camp as much as possible.
i mainly need help with the best way to start the planning process. should i plan out exactly where campgrounds are and where we will stop or is it just as easy to find routes and places to stay on the fly. is it more important to base the selection of the locations that you visit on the location itself or the routes that you have to take to get there.
any help that you could give us would be greatly appreciated. i wish i had more specific questions but i guess i dont even know what i dont know yet.
ryan and jenny
new orleans, la, usa