Cycling is my favourite mode of transport when visiting new places. Fast enough to get from A to B (within reason) and yet convenient to make detours and jump off when something interesting or unexpected is spotted. Not being seasoned travellers, we hooked up with a group. This had the advantage of coach backup, transfers across long, ‘inbetweeny’ places and not having to carry our own baggage. It was a fantastic way to get amongst the happy, friendly locals – who all thought we were mad.