Cycling Tomorrow's Europe

A very rough map showing my intended 13,000 km route through 38 of the bits of Europe that want, or under the right circumstances could gain, independence and become brand new countries. Some of these groups are entirely jokey, some legit but with a minuscule number of crazed devotees, a few have millions of serious advocates and, for a handful of places, it's been important enough to die. Many have their own history, culture and cuisine. So expect more tales of weird food, odd places and lovably loco locals!

Stage One: Competa to Lyon (2nd April to 8th May)

Countries: Spain and France

Possible Future States: Andalusia, Eastern Andalusia, Murcia, Valencia, Catalonia, Val d'Aran, Occitania and the Sovereign State of Barbe Island

Stage Two: Lyon to Katowice (8th May to 26th June)

Countries: France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

Possible Future States: Savoy, Franche-Comte, Republic of Saugeais, Alsace, Bavaria, Sudtirol, Padania, Veneto, Friuli, Istria, Rijeka, Enclava, Carinthia, South Slovakia, Moravia, Kingdom of Wallachia, Czech Silesia and Silesia

Stage Three: Katowice to Odessa (26th June to 20th July)

Countries: Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova

Possible Future States: Ruthenia, Szekely Land, Bukovina, Transnistria, Gagauzia, Taraclia, Budjak and Odessa People's Republic

...ferry from Odessa to Batumi...

Stage Four: Batumi to Stepanakert (20th July to 2nd September)

Countries: Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia

Possible Future States: Adjara, Samegrelo, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh

...and then I have to work out how to get home!