Recumbent Tandem Trike Danube touring plan - ideas sought
Here's the grand plan:
Ride the Danube cyclepath (one of Europe's most popular long distance routes apparently). If possible, from the start up in Germany right through to the sea.
But wait! There's more! Setting aside our usual early-90s Dawes MTB tandem (much modified), we want to buy a recumbent tandem trike (or rent one, but that seems even less possible) and do it on that.
If possible it would happen in the spring/summer/autumn of 2016, as a once-in-a-lifetime "do" for my 50th b'day.
The problems that need solving, and on which we invite suggestions, are as follows:
1. Which trike? The obvious one, simply because it might actually be possible to get one, would be a Greenspeed.
2. How do we get the damned thing to the start, which is in Germany (a place I have toured extensively)?
The source of the Danube is roughly in south-west Germany, which is a long way from my home in West Yorkshire.
Riding to the start line is technically possible but that's a huge extension to the trip, so is there a better way? We certainly can't take it on a train. It probably won't even go through the door.
3. How do we get it back? The mouth of the Danube is right over in the east of Romania, almost in Ukraine.
Even if we don't go the whole way we will still end up a fantastically long way away from the North Sea or English Channel, so it's hardly a case of renting a Hertz van and flinging it in the back and just getting the toe down.
All suggestions (and silly remarks, go on, get them out of your system) gratefully received.