The main features you are looking for in a tyre are:
As you can see some factors are almost the opposite of others and you will have to balance up what is important to you and your ride. There are tyres whose manufacturers claim they offer everything, but then so would I if I was trying to sell one.
The life expectancy of tyres varies enormously but I would expect one to last about 2,000 miles. So check them for wear before you go – you have about 1,000 miles to cover and don’t really want to have to change them half way. I put new tyres on my bike (Continental Ultra Gatorskin 25mmx700mm – couldn’t get anything fatter due to lack of frame clearance) before the start and then put the old ones back on once those were past their useful life.
On subsequent rides, which involved canal paths and a couple of 'off road' tracks, I used Schwalbe Marathons and Vittoria Randonneurs. Both proved puncture proof. The Vittoria Randonneurs were both lighter and cheaper.
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