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Old 6th November 2018, 01:51 AM
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Howdy lads.... It's a long way off yet but I'm starting to make a rough plan for my European trip next year with herself. Thinking of getting the bike shipped to Memmengen with Overlanders which I've done before and found it great. Aim of the trip is Memmengen to Faro and back up to Ireland then via Portugal and either France to Rosslare or Santander and back up.

So I was thinking maybe head from Memmengen to Stelvio pass, that's a must then maybe towards lake Como, Southern France, Andorra and on down. Any of ye have any experience of places to go, roads, stops, campsites, places to see/avoid, alternative routes etc?

Will be doing the trip around mid to late July and camping, hotels, guest houses etc, varying from night to night.

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Old 6th November 2018, 09:54 AM
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How long are you going for?
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Old 6th November 2018, 11:08 AM
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Maybe time for some riding in Black Forest before Memmingen?
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Old 6th November 2018, 11:42 AM
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Maybe time for some riding in Black Forest before Memmingen?
+1 Bring lube and go early - you don't want to be hanging around there with your todger out at sunset and all those midges about.
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Old 6th November 2018, 05:36 PM
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Planning on about two and a half weeks give or take and either get the ferry back from Santander or ride up to Cherbourg and back home that way.
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Old 6th November 2018, 05:42 PM
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Loads of routes in the link below that you can join up, have fun

https://www.ride.co.uk/routes/
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Old 6th November 2018, 06:40 PM
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Roads I've enjoyed in the area; Gorges du Tarn, the
Ardeche valley actually pretty much anywhere in the massif central, coming South out of Italy the road south over the mountains to Ventimiglia.
Campsites; Puget Thenieres spotlessly clean, le puy en velay for the location.
Must see if you're passing; oradour sur glane.
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Old 6th November 2018, 06:53 PM
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Going to the Faro rally ??? mid July you won't regret it.
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Old 7th November 2018, 11:37 AM
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What sort of mileage do you want to do per day?

If you head south from Memmingen you'll be able to fit in the Silvretta Pass, then if yer up to it ride as far as say Trafoi. Something like this:

https://goo.gl/maps/CEXdzz7FHj92

If you wanted to shorten the journey time you could opt to use a bit of motorway as far as Bludenz. From there, you're onto the fun stuff....

Advantage of riding to Trafoi is that you get to enjoy Stelvio first thing in the morning without the heavy traffic that clogs it up later in the morning. After coming into Bormio take the SP29 over the Gavia Pass then west on the SS42. The Gavia is quite a technical road with varied surface at times, but it's well worth taking for the views alone.

After that you can head towards Como - not an area I have much knowledge of so hopefully someone else can provide some tips n info...
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Whatever France has, Spain has it better, more, more fun, and cheaper. Skip it if you can.
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Old 7th November 2018, 04:34 PM
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Going to the Faro rally ??? mid July you won't regret it.
Yep to the rally, been there a few times before but will be the first time by bike
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Old 8th November 2018, 10:45 PM
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What sort of mileage do you want to do per day?

If you head south from Memmingen you'll be able to fit in the Silvretta Pass, then if yer up to it ride as far as say Trafoi. Something like this:

https://goo.gl/maps/CEXdzz7FHj92

If you wanted to shorten the journey time you could opt to use a bit of motorway as far as Bludenz. From there, you're onto the fun stuff....

Advantage of riding to Trafoi is that you get to enjoy Stelvio first thing in the morning without the heavy traffic that clogs it up later in the morning. After coming into Bormio take the SP29 over the Gavia Pass then west on the SS42. The Gavia is quite a technical road with varied surface at times, but it's well worth taking for the views alone.

After that you can head towards Como - not an area I have much knowledge of so hopefully someone else can provide some tips n info...
That's exactly the kinda info I'm after, much appreciated, that would make a perfect first overnights stay then Stelvio nice and early like you said, be the job that
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That's exactly the kinda info I'm after, much appreciated, that would make a perfect first overnights stay then Stelvio nice and early like you said, be the job that
Check out the 'Tannenheim nature and style hotel' just outside of Trafoi. Slightly different than yer average hotel but in a good way. Rooms were massive and spotlessly clean. Food was great and bar stayed open till we went to bed! The beer taps are mounted in a Ducati engine block, but happily they don't break down! Secure parking for the bikes too.
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Old 9th November 2018, 01:21 PM
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Whatever France has, Spain has it better, more, more fun, and cheaper. Skip it if you can.
This.

Went for the first time this Summer and it blows France out of the water. Better roads, less traffic, cheap food, cheap beer, cheap hotels, cheap fuel etc...

Get the ferry straight to Santander and leave France in your rear view
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Whatever France has, Spain has it better, more, more fun, and cheaper. Skip it if you can.
Hmmm.... Lived in Paris for a few years and travelled a lot. More expensive yes but more and better? Not sure I agree on all fronts but whatever floats yer boat. Portugal is also worth considering...
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Old 9th November 2018, 03:14 PM
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Hmmm.... Lived in Paris for a few years and travelled a lot. More expensive yes but more and better? Not sure I agree on all fronts but whatever floats yer boat. Portugal is also worth considering...
I agree with the Portugal thing. After all most of them want the territory to join back with Spain.
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Old 9th November 2018, 07:26 PM
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I've heard off a few lads who have done it that Spain isn't great and the center is just baron and just dead heat and a few of the lads travel at night due to the heat etc... From lake Como I was thinking of heading down towards Menton and following the coast road, from what I've read those roads are amazing, ride that for a while and heading towards Andorra but Ied say going by the map I'll be spending a few days going from south east France to Andorra which I'm sure is probably ridiculously expensive. Was thinking of heading down towards the coast of Spain before eventually hanging a right and heading straight for Seville.
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Old 9th November 2018, 10:42 PM
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Went down the west coast of France from Cherbourg into San Sebastian this year. As it was my first Euro exploit, every mile was an adventure. France is expensive compared to Spain.

Next year I'm getting a ferry to France & heading for 12 other Euro countries in a 2 week window.

Enjoy it where ever you go.
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Old 9th November 2018, 11:05 PM
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France very much depends on where you are there. Off the main routes and taking the D roads and N roads its inexpensive with excellent municipal camp sites and the lunch time plat du jour 4 course lunch for €13.

Anywhere will be hot in summer, 35-40C is common away from the coast and you need gear to suit.

Depending on how you travel you can make over 500 miles in a day but tolls are expensive, my return to Roscoff in June was leaving a camp site at 9am and arriving at Roscoff 550 miles later at 6:30pm for the ferry back to Cork. I use the Cork ferry because it arrives 7am and allows the same run down to be done in the one day as an option.

As for prices I found heading east at Germany and Austria rather expensive.
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