Most of us in the UK have no idea of the truly amazing cycling route development that is happening in Europe. With the support of EU grants, local government funds and the goodwill of land owners. An astonishing network of Long Distance trails is mostly traffic free and where you do encounter cars they are obliged to give way. Farms along the route offer very reasonable B & B and restaurants have been set up for the route users. There are often camp sites and in Germany very reasonable guest houses. As I often prefer wild camping, this is never a problem if one is alone and discrete .