Hey, I'm 32 and setting off from Manchester, UK to Istanbul this Summer/Autumn.
Currenty route is looking like London -> Dover for the Eurostar, then Calais to Bruges then St Niklass, then possibly a quick detour into the Netherlands to stop off with friends in Rotterdam then Utrecht. Then down into Germany through Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich before picking up the Eurovelo route along the Danube into Budapest.
After that I'm open to going through Serbia or Romania before Bulgaria and then into Turkey.
I'm planning to take somewhere between 2 and 3 months to do this trip, doing between 60-100km per day I would guess, at a leisurely pace on a fairly loaded touring bike.
If anyone has any tips on routes or advice it would be warmly welcomed, and if anyone is touring in the same direction it would be good to meet up and share some cycling together.
I'm 32, male, from England/Scotland, vegetarian, and easy going! I'm trying to not plan/book that much to keep options open when on the road.
Just updated the title! I'm in Novi Sad at the moment and heading to Belgrade tomorrow if anyone would like to join.