I think I might love planning a bike tour as much as I love actually doing it. I have spent many happy hours on my laptop researching places to go, finding the best routes and checking out places to visit, eat and stay.
I have to admit I find the whole rigmarole of taking a bike on a train pretty stressful. But if you want to explore new horizons you may need to get there using other forms of transport.
A flying visit to the lovely city of Lucca in Tuscany, Italy gave me a blissful couple of hours spent with my camera snapping the many bicycles in the city as the sun went down.
One of the great things about travelling around on a bike is that you see how people do things differently - and often better – in other places.