Ok l will come clean straight away, l strapped the trusty velo to the back of the car and set off today at lunchtime ! 700 Km. later and l haven't even made it out of France yet. Hope to be near Hamburg tomorrow (another 1000 Km) and then on Saturday overnight ferry to Gothenburg from Rostock.. Heading for the summer house on lake Vanern ....let the cycling begin. Photos later if l have the energy !!