It was just same as a lighting bolt. In the middle of 2016 i wanted to have some path with bicycle.
Not in a competitive way, how do I run, but in a touristic sense.
I remember i had some bad days at that time, because my left knee had Iliotibial band syndrome.
My first goal was to cross Sardinia with bike: pass the Turchino pass and take the ferry in Genova.
The next year it was the turn of the right achille’s tendon, suffering an hasty descent from Verzel peak in late october 2016, so i dropped another time my purpose.
Depending on the european nation you will visit, the railway network is very important to determine your trip quality. For example in Corsica is impossible to put you bike on the train, while in the rest of France and in Italy is very common.
2018 was a good year for travelling, and i experienced my first raid with my B’Twin Triban RC100 with 23.622 / 700x23C – 28″ tyres, equipped with a (not so strong) rear luggage rack and some bags spread on the bike.
The long-distance train start not to far away from my home, around 2h from Porta Nuova station in Turin, the real gate for a cycling holiday.
The advantages are endless:

There are also some negative points:

The last point is the most important: it means that you need a plan in order to avoid injuries.
Depensing on your fitness i would suggest that daily journey:

h of net sport training per week Daily km
0-2.5 40-60
2.5-5 60-80
>5 >80

This is only a guideline which may vary accordind to:

It’s always advisable to plan the movements also keeping in mind the bus/train lines: they could be useful if you cannot cycle.