Touring Inspiration Required

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Touring Inspiration Required

Postby DaveyDave » 5 Nov 2011, 6:09pm

Hi All,
For the last three years I've done a single annual cycle tour in the summer months of about 3 weeks duration (LEJOG, Iceland and Norway). I'm looking for inspiration for next year. Something of the order of 1000 miles with great scenery and not too culturally challenging (I think Africa or South America are out). I usually prefer a route with a definitive end goal to inspire me on bad weather days. Whilst I love the flexibility of camping I prefer to use campsites rather than wild camp (I like showers too much!).

Any ideas?. You did a great job putting me on to Norway last year!.

Ta,
Dave

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby stephenjubb » 6 Nov 2011, 2:50pm

>> 1000 miles with great scenery and not too culturally challenging

switzerland, great scenery and they all speak english

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby stephenjubb » 6 Nov 2011, 2:51pm

west coast of france? cycle the coast of scotland

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby stephenjubb » 6 Nov 2011, 2:52pm

croatia is supposed to be good

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby stephenjubb » 6 Nov 2011, 2:53pm

west coast of america, start in canada work way down to LA

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby nmnm » 6 Nov 2011, 3:47pm

My goodness, you've done LEJOG, Iceland, Norway but not France! Get a ferry to top left, finish in bottom right, fly (or train + ferry, or bikebus) back. Easy camping, nice weather, pleasant roads, many boulangeries along the way. Logistically it's got to be the easiest place to tour. You can crank up the challenge level to suit yourself by veering towards the Pyrenese or the Alps. Some of the gorges in the bottom right are very nice to pedal through, too.

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby vernon » 6 Nov 2011, 5:10pm

Eurovelo six along the Loire Valley From St Nazaire to the Black Sea. Do it in annual chunks.

Look it up here: http://www.eurovelo6.org/?set_language=en

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby Vorpal » 6 Nov 2011, 5:24pm

stephenjubb wrote:west coast of america, start in canada work way down to LA


+1 The Pacific Coast of North America would be my recommendation. Absolutely brilliant.
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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby Ron » 7 Nov 2011, 11:36am

The big rivers of mainland Europe, the Elbe the Rhine and the Danube all have good cycle routes along their length, and tours can be adjusted to suit the time available.

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby matt2matt2002 » 7 Nov 2011, 1:59pm

Hop over to the crazyguyonabike site there are loads of trips listed there
:wink:
2014 Scottish End2End 1 month
2015 Pamir Highway Tajikistan & Kyrgyzstan for 2 months
2016 Sri Lanka for 1 month.
2017 Herbrides Lewis Harris 2 weeks
2018 Ethiopia.5 weeks.
2018 Marrakech 2 weeks.
On a Thorn Raven/Rohloff hub.

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby HPFlashman » 7 Nov 2011, 6:41pm

Iceland ?? :D
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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby T other Dave » 7 Nov 2011, 7:04pm

I fancy Rome to home, nice routes and has a nice ring to it.
Romania or Slovenia/Croatia are other places I'd like to mooch around on my push bike.

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby psmiffy » 7 Nov 2011, 9:11pm

There of plenty of easy ones here http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/pics/crazyguyonabike/profiles/00/00/81/28/Touring_Resume_-_psmiffy.pdf?v=0

But it is much more fun if you make your own up - only you really know what you want out of a tour

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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby GraceJ » 9 Nov 2011, 10:32am

Don't count out Morocco although I wouldn't want to cycle their in the middle of the summer!
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Re: Touring Inspiration Required

Postby JJ03BUS » 14 Nov 2011, 8:57am

Denmark to Italian Alps (Esbjerg - Hamburg - Prague - Munich - Bressonane) . mostly on cycle routes which have good reputation (so my research tells me) and around about a thousand miles... Im planning this for next summer btw ... are you cycling alone or open to riding with other wheels?