I actually enjoy it, although it gets a bit much after a while. I get a lot of satisfaction from finding a route that is better than the obvious one, even if it's only a little bit. The stuff in the mountains is the most painful, should I take the main road, the side road or the bike path, and there's no way of knowing really until you've seen them!
I try to break it up. But don't want to spend too long on it until I'm certain I'm going to make it to the start!
I've got a lift out with Scherrit, who is doing bike checks at the start. I think he's planning on going on the Friday. Originally I was going to go on the Saturday and was trying to decide between ferry to Dunkirque then train to Lille, etc, or taking a chance on Flixbus.
I've booked a hotel for the Saturday and Sunday nights, so I can rest, or panic re-pack, on Sunday evening.
How about you - logistics sorted out? Lack of Eurostar makes it a lot harder!