nnc283 wrote:....we've noticed a gradual falling off in trade from touring cyclists generally but E2E riders in particular......
Does anyone out there have any thoughts?
Is it to do with the cost of touring in the UK now? In France (and more so in Spain) buying food etc. en route is so much cheaper than UK these days (well, the recent good exchange rate has helped). In Spain you can stop for a coffee for between 1.00 - 1.20 euro, in UK it'll likely be £2 or more.
I was chatting to the owner of a well-known bike shop recently and he reckons it's cheaper to go touring in Thailand for three weeks than do to a three week B&B JOGLE. The savings in food and accommodation pays for the flight.
Last year I did a French 'End-to-End' (Roscoff to Nice) but am thinking of Scotland for this year so will try to find your hostel!