Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Route Planning

Route Planning Where to go, when, what are the interesting places to see
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Calendar Contest Voting is now CLOSED. Results to be posted shortly.


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 28 Jun 2004
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 6
London To Innsbruck... advice for newbie?

Hello everyone. I've finally take the plunge and got myself a bike to explor on... a BMW R65. I'm planning to ride to a friend's party in the mountains near Innsbruck in October, and I'm looking for advice, no matter how small, any help is appreciated. This will be my first solo trip abroad on two wheels, and i'd like to avoid motorways if I can. Thanks in advance, Z. :-)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 30 Jun 2004
beddhist's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Whangarei, NZ
Posts: 2,225
Look at a large-scale map & plot a route. Avoid riding through or even near big cities where possible, unless for sightseeing, of course.

Use the motorways in flat areas and the smallest roads in hills/mountains. When you have a rough route get small-scale maps for the interesting bits. On the way for you are (for example): Ardennes (Belgium), Eifel, Pfälzerwald, Black Forest in Germany. (Note that in the latter it's bumper to bumper traffic on the main roads on weekends.)

In Germany Shell used to publish very good maps 1:200,000 showing every little road there is. I hope they still publish them. Good size for the tank bag.

Take your time and enjoy yourself.

------------------
Salut from Southern France, the bikers' paradise,

Peter.
__________________
Cheers,
Peter.

Europe to NZ 2006-10
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 30 Jun 2004
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 6
Thanks for the advice, Beddist. I'll pay a visit to Stanford's Travel Bookshop and get see about those Shell maps.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 3 Jul 2004
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 169
We are also riding to Austria in a few weeks time and are deliberately taking the slow roads on our outward journey. Michelin do an excellent route planning website - just put in Calais then your destination, say you want to avoid autoroutes and bingo, it's all done for you. Book you P&O ferry to leave Dover by 6am as it's a great cost saving. The first night we'll be stopping in Luxembourg - accomodation found in the city by searching under 'Budget Accommodation'. Second night somewhere in Southern journey. Austria the next day. Have fitted radio/cassette and intercom to bike to keep wifie happy. Good luck!
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 
 



HU DVD Spring Special!

Buy the Achievable Dream Collectors Set and get Road Heroes Part 1 FREE!

Achievable Dream - The Whole Enchilada!

Cooped up indoors in crap weather? Binge watch over 20 hours of inspiring, informative and entertaining stories and tips from 150 travellers! Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to order them both and use Coupon Code 'BoxSet+' on your order when you checkout.


What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders


contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!




New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.



Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!






All times are GMT +1. The time now is 19:42.