My name is Sydney, I am currently moderately training for a charity bike expedition I will be going on this summer from Istanbul, Turkey to Lisbon, Portugal. I am set to leave May 17th for Istanbul and will be there for about a month training and waiting for my partner to arrive. The timeline for my expedition will be May 17th - August 22nd. Our plan is start in Istanbul and bike through Bulgaria, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Northern Italy, Monaco, France, Spain, and end in Lisbon.
I am writing to get the community's opinion on my route and timeliness of planning, advice on how I can better and more effectively raise awareness and donations for my cause, and perhaps any contact information for education organizations in the countries I will visit with my partner en route.
I'm very busy with school right now and haven't really had that much time to plan for this trip. This will be my first big bike expedition, so I want to know how far in advance experienced bikers usually plan for a trip of this distance? ANY advice at all would be great and much appreciated. I don't know many other bikers personally, so everyone who I've told about this trip thinks I'm absolutely insane! haha.
Hope to hear from you all soon!