I’m off on tour in a few weeks time.
I’ve never done more than a couple of days at a time and never ridden on the continent, although I’ve driven in it quite a bit when I lived in Switzerland.
Created this thread to first hopefully get some commentary on the routes I’m taking, and then I’ll log bits of the tour as I can, depending on internet access when I am away.
I’m meeting Mrs Hogtrumpet and some friends from Australia in Tuscany on the 6th July until the 13th.
Decided to take it fairly slow- aiming for 300-400km a day only, which gives time to stop off or divert as I like.
Outward Journey: https://goo.gl/maps/jfYNp
Day 1: 30th June London to Mons, Belgium- (Calais to Mons) 200km
Day 2: 1st July Mons to Saarbrucken: 330km
Day 3: 2nd July Saarbrucken to Ulm: 299km
Day 4: 3rd July Ulm to 4th stop Innsbruck, Austria: 232km
Day 5: 4th July Innsbruck to Mantua, Italy: 300km
Day 6: 5th July Day Off in Mantua.
Day 7: 6th July Mantua to Tuscany: 203km
I’m spending the day in Mantua because it was where Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo was first performed (in 1607).
I’m going to go and visit the Ducal palace and a few other music oriented tourist locations.
Return Journey: https://goo.gl/maps/ZYI9X
Day 1: 13th July Tuscany to Monaco: 410km
Day 2: 14th July Monaco to Florac: 410km
Day 3: 15th July Florac to Limoges: 331km
Day 4: 16th July Rest Day in/near Limoges
Day 5: 17th July Limoges to Lalacelle: 386km
Day 6: 18th July Lalacelle to Boulogne-sur-Mer: 345km
Day 7: 19th July Boulogne-sur-Mer to Calais: 42km then Eurostar home
Freely admit I have NO IDEA what I am doing, beyond knowing how to ride a bike and being able to plan a route in Google maps.
Have no idea if any of the places I’m going, or the roads I’m going on are interesting, nice or safe to go on.
I might also be missing some really good stuff and that is why I’m hoping those folks here who are more experienced can give me a few pointers with the route.
I was just going to program way points in the GPS and see what it suggests with the ‘windy roads’ option and go from there.