My overall concept for planning a tour is as follow. For starting planning a journey, I have to have an aim. That could be a town, or a highly rated cycle path, or some other place of interest. Next step for the basic outwork, is the defined start and endpoint, which depends on the available time for the trip. That could be a circle, halve-circle or a straight line. Following that decision, I have to work out how to get to the start and back home from the endpoint, which is not always easy to manage. See more on travel issues with bicycles.