I rode Tuscany Road last year. My first long distance ride. 550km and 9500m climbing in 2 days. It was hot and hard but I learnt a lot. I really enjoyed it. I signed up for the Transcontinental Race this year and am in ths route planning stages and thought I would share my concerns The entry fee is paid. Flight booked. Accomodation for the first couple of days paid. A courier is sorted to take the bike down to a friend near the start. All is well. But unlike a lot of people reading this. I am not a "real" cylist. I commute to work and thats about it. I have never ridden an Audax ride or been a member of a club. I have never ridden with a group of riders. I explain this just to let you know I am totally out of my depth. But am really looking forward to it. I have been planning my route for the past 2 weeks. Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia, Austria, Italy. The distances are massive and all roll into one. So much so that after the first day. I could not explain the route to you. The River Drava? I had never heard of it until I started planning my route. But it appears that we will be keeping each other company for about 500km. My route planning is a mix of paper maps, RWGPS, Komoot, Strava, Strava heat maps and the cycle path systems through Italy and Austria. Thats as far as I have got up to now. But the enormity of the task has hit me during the route planning stage. I will be 61 when we set off. I decided to ride the TCR this year because when you get to 60 its a good idea not to wait too much longer to do things. I have no expectations except to meet some old friends and enjoy the experience. How far I travel is not a concern at the moment. Its an experiment. I am telling you this just to get it off my chest. You never know it may encourage someone else to have a go next time.