You jerry-rig a luggage-transport system on a hybrid. The two of you grab a train, cycle 40 kilometers to a forested town in a valley rimmed by hills, where you collapse on a back lawn with beer and crisps, and then dinner is this, a nifty pizza with zucchini, fennel and capers. Oh, and then you cycle and train back home the next day. Not exactly daring but oh, what a splendid intro to the IDEA of cycle touring. As with village-to-village hiking, there’s something about journeying DIY (no tour groups!) that appeals mightily to me.
Maybe just maybe, some future year might max out on such trips, only longer and more challenging, with finely tuned gear.