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coolblackbird 15 Nov 2012 22:45

3 weeks around europe
 
hi everyone (NO TRIP NOW WORK GETTING IN THE WAY SICK AS)
going on a little trip sep 3 to 23 sep 2013 around europe.
london ace cafe
paris
pyrenees
barcelona
then back up south of france
into italy
rome
up the center to venice
switzerland
then back to london
I am camping for most of the trip.
I need help with some bike friendly camping and hotels along the way and if anyone is going the same way if you want to join up part way i will always have wine and beerbeer and have some chill out times at the camp all:welcome:
http://www.plushostels.com/pluscampingroma
http://www.sevenhills.it/?lang=en
happy :scooter::scooter:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms...a9f79cfe8e7aba

seajay 15 Nov 2012 23:43

Wish I could join you, been round all those places, in fact the N240/N260 through the Pyrenees is probably my favourite road.
Jaca is a nice town with a fair few hotels/bars. Ainsa is similar but much smaller.
Most places are bike friendly outside the UK, even the Paradores at Cardona we stayed at.

Camping Moto | Camping voor motorrijder in de Dordogne - Welcome Motorbike campsite Dordogne

Paradores Spain - Spanish Paradors - Parador hotels - Spanish hotels Chain of nice old hotels restored from castles etc all over spain, not cheap but very nice.

http://www.camping-brunnen.de/ maybe a bit off track but close to Neuschwanstein Castle (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!!!!)

I even found a campsite in Venice but cant remember where it was or what is was called.

Have a great journey
Craig

coolblackbird 16 Nov 2012 09:27

hi seajay
thanks for the info and sorry you can't join up.
i see you are planning rtw trip i am planning trip for 2014 across europe into iran then onto nepal. when are you planning to go

Walkabout 16 Nov 2012 10:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by coolblackbird (Post 400580)
I am camping for most of the trip.
I need help with some bike friendly camping and hotels along the way and if anyone is going the same way if you want to join up part way i will always have wine and beerbeer and have some chill out times at the camp all:welcome:
happy :scooter::scooter:

I used a GPS to find campsites in France on my most recent trip down that way - this was a first for me and it worked fine; I got a database that covers all the campsites of France by reading up on links provided within the Navigation forum in here.
Alternatively, in the past, I have found campsites simply by asking at the local tourist information locations.

You'll be riding a Blackbird, I guess :D

coolblackbird 16 Nov 2012 12:05

hi walkabout
no the great blackbird will be staying at home taking the tiger 800xc.
I am using the tiger and equipment as a tester for a big one in 2014.
i thought 3 weeks would do it that's what i told the missis :oops2:
thanks for info
Happy biking:scooter:

seajay 17 Nov 2012 21:40

Coolblackbird,
My trip wont be for a few years (6 I think) unless things change, stuck in the pension trap, except for long weekends and the 10-14 days a year i can get away for.
Planning on renting the house and spending a year round Europe.
I have been travelling on the bike for years but like most initially, always tried to do too much too quick and ended up seeing too little. So plan on spending time actually seeing the places (and more) I have, in the past, ridden through!
After Europe will head back for a few months, sort out the paperwork and any bike issues before heading off towards Africa. Nothing much more than that planned in any detail as politics, borders, could be very different then.
Only thing I do know is I will have no time limit.
Craig

coolblackbird 18 Nov 2012 19:31

Quote:

Originally Posted by seajay (Post 400824)
Coolblackbird,
My trip wont be for a few years (6 I think) unless things change, stuck in the pension trap, except for long weekends and the 10-14 days a year i can get away for.
Planning on renting the house and spending a year round Europe.
I have been travelling on the bike for years but like most initially, always tried to do too much too quick and ended up seeing too little. So plan on spending time actually seeing the places (and more) I have, in the past, ridden through!
After Europe will head back for a few months, sort out the paperwork and any bike issues before heading off towards Africa. Nothing much more than that planned in any detail as politics, borders, could be very different then.
Only thing I do know is I will have no time limit.
Craig

I know what you mean but make sure you do it that's what i have said to myself don't want to look back at 70 or 80 with regret
happy biking:scooter:

Exile 26 Nov 2012 21:53

Camping in Spain
 
We spent three weeks in Spain last year, some great moments in the Pyrenees, didn't book any sites, and never had a problem. The best sites being inland, Isaba, Benesque, the coast was a bit hit and miss. have a good one

French martin 4 Dec 2012 11:32

camping near venice
 
Hi

Camped near Venice two years ago. Plenty to choose from and not horrendously expensive. Try to stay on one on a bus route to Venice. There is bike parking by the bus station in Venice but in the summer it gets rammed and speaking personally we had loads of problems parking two heavily loaded touring bikes. Found it easier to camp ten minutes away by bus and you can have a drink in Venice (if you can afford it).

Camping in France on a bike is simple. Plenty of biker friendly places but to be honest you wont have a problem anywhere. The French like bikes. Every town and most villages have a camping municipale run by the mairie (town hall) that are cheap and usually clean and welcoming. The bonus with the municipal sites is they are normally close to the town centre so walking distanmce to bars, restaurants etc. Often you just arrive, pitch your tent and get on with it. Someone from the town hall will come and find you for payment. Mind you i have lost count of the times i have had to leave the money under a stone as no one around.

I live in the centre of France near Blois if you are passing this way, a beer or cup of tea is always available.

Martin

coolblackbird 5 Dec 2012 14:55

Quote:

Originally Posted by French martin (Post 402867)
Hi

Camped near Venice two years ago. Plenty to choose from and not horrendously expensive. Try to stay on one on a bus route to Venice. There is bike parking by the bus station in Venice but in the summer it gets rammed and speaking personally we had loads of problems parking two heavily loaded touring bikes. Found it easier to camp ten minutes away by bus and you can have a drink in Venice (if you can afford it).

Camping in France on a bike is simple. Plenty of biker friendly places but to be honest you wont have a problem anywhere. The French like bikes. Every town and most villages have a camping municipale run by the mairie (town hall) that are cheap and usually clean and welcoming. The bonus with the municipal sites is they are normally close to the town centre so walking distanmce to bars, restaurants etc. Often you just arrive, pitch your tent and get on with it. Someone from the town hall will come and find you for payment. Mind you i have lost count of the times i have had to leave the money under a stone as no one around.

I live in the centre of France near Blois if you are passing this way, a beer or cup of tea is always available.

Martin

Hi Martin
thanks for info and welcome for beer.
i will be heading down your way to the route 66 biker campsite from paris so might take you up on your offer bier
Happy biking :scooter::scooter:

French martin 5 Dec 2012 16:50

Hi

We stayed at Route 66 a couple of years ago. Harry is a legend! If you`re camping be sure to shut tent otherwise Odin the cat will steal your food!!

We are located in the town of Chabris about 15 mins from the A20 autoroute or if you`re avoiding the toll roads 30 mins south of Blois right beside the Cher river.

The beer and wine are waiting in our cave!

coolblackbird 6 Dec 2012 18:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by French martin (Post 403021)
Hi

We stayed at Route 66 a couple of years ago. Harry is a legend! If you`re camping be sure to shut tent otherwise Odin the cat will steal your food!!

We are located in the town of Chabris about 15 mins from the A20 autoroute or if you`re avoiding the toll roads 30 mins south of Blois right beside the Cher river.

The beer and wine are waiting in our cave!

Thanks Martin looking forward to it bier odin the cat great name and i am looking to meeting harry now as well this trip is starting to come together very nicely :funmeteryes:
Happy biking:scooter::scooter:

John933 15 Dec 2012 21:41

I've just seen this. Could be interested. Well more than could be interested. Do two a year in the time scale you are looking at, three week's. Have a load of information that could be of use. Done the camping and the grote hotel's. Where I would like to go is a bit more south. But we can talk about that later. I'm in King's Lynn. Or a small village just out side.
Journeyman933910@aol.com

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Have a look at some of these. Give you an idea of what I am in to.

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John933

coolblackbird 16 Dec 2012 12:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by John933 (Post 404157)
I've just seen this. Could be interested. Well more than could be interested. Do two a year in the time scale you are looking at, three week's. Have a load of information that could be of use. Done the camping and the grote hotel's. Where I would like to go is a bit more south. But we can talk about that later. I'm in King's Lynn. Or a small village just out side.
Journeyman933910@aol.com

John933a - YouTube

Have a look at some of these. Give you an idea of what I am in to.

Is my e mail. Drop me a line.
John933

Hi John:welcome:
Sounds great how far south where you planning to go i was going into north spain then up. I was there last year working in the south of France took the bike but had only a few days too ride around didn't get to see much.This trip is coming together very nicely with stop overs and places to see. Oh yes i am a bit of of the beaten track B-roads A-roads type of rider only motorways for quickness. Let me know your plans John
Happy biking:scooter::scooter:

John933 2 Jan 2013 23:00

Quote:

Originally Posted by coolblackbird (Post 404224)
Hi John:welcome:
Sounds great how far south where you planning to go i was going into north spain then up. I was there last year working in the south of France took the bike but had only a few days too ride around didn't get to see much.This trip is coming together very nicely with stop overs and places to see. Oh yes i am a bit of of the beaten track B-roads A-roads type of rider only motorways for quickness. Let me know your plans John
Happy biking:scooter::scooter:


Sorry about the long time lap's. Some problem's this end.

How far south am I looking at. Until I hit the sun and still stay in the EU.

You've not said when you are thinking of going? I off in the spring to this place for a month.

http://goo.gl/maps/Phjeo


So would be looking at the back end of summer. I'm OK about the road's. The toll road's can eat in to the money. What I do is make the crossing at Dover early morning. Staying at a camp site in dover. £10 a night. It's has room's you can use for that price. So one good night with a roof over your head. Let's you get a good start. The next thing is an eye ball, so we can talk about it a bit better. Usually pick a main tesco half way between you and me. Can get a bit to eat at the same time. Week end are usually good. Let me know what you think.
John933


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