|02-27-2006, 08:45 AM||#1|
Joined: Feb 2006
Route Help, Le-mans - Grenoble - Cannes - Bilbao in MAY ?
Wasn't quite sure of the right forum for this, but since there are some excellent reports on here I though one of you guys may be able to help.
Me and a couple of mates where looking at going to the motoGp in Le mans then to Grenoble and through to the Cannes area then to Bilbao 19th-27th May.
Obviously we want to take in some good roads, but i'm concerned what will be open and what the weather will be like.
Can anyone suggest some routes which will see us some great roads, but keep conditions as good as possible.
Is it totally the wrong time of year?
Any help would be greatly welcome, this is the first time I'm venturing out of the UK on my bike so any advice would be great.
Oh my rough idea was
Day 1 - Zebrugee to Rouen
Day 2 - Rouen - Le mans
Day 3 - Race day, Le-mans - Borgue
Day 4 - Borgue - Genoble
Day 5 - Grenoble - Cannes (is this route napoleon? N85? will it be ok in May?)
Day 6 - Canne - Marselle
Day 7 - Marselle - Tolouuse
Day 8 - Tolouuse - Biarritz
Day 9 - Biaritz - Bilbao
|02-27-2006, 02:58 PM||#2|
Will it buff out?
Joined: Oct 2002
Location: 64800French Pyrenee's
The autoroute from Biarritz to Bilbao is good for keeping the bike lit...banked sweepers!!...my buddies came last May and had scorching weather...25c plus clear skies and sunny....they could`nt believe it!!!.. you should have good weather ....all mountain passes should be open by then...why not check the bridge at Millau(do a search here to find great pix).....try www.viamichelin.com and click on driving directions on the home page...its fairly accurate with ride times..
don`t be shy with making eye contact at roundabouts and then pull on out as this is what most drivers do...and it seems to work...I`d also suggest when you get to any junction,make a point of stopping and just thinking where you`re going to turn to...work it out to avoid riding on the wrong side of the road!!....you`ll find the majority of French drivers will give you room and let you through when you approach from behind(in my region anyhow)...I`ve seen a line of 20 or so cars move over to let me ride past...the norm is to lift your right foot of the peg to `wave` thanks......I also would pick a time to stop riding and get to the nearest tourist office in the nearest big town(well signposted)...here they will find you somewhere to stay and phone ahead and book it for you(they usually even mark it out for you ona the wee local maps of their area).....this takes the stress out of finding somewhere.....also most fuel stations close on a Sunday...so keep tanked up(there will be some larger supermarkets open in big towns/cities...even just for the morning)......
(PS The Sanatander boat (a new boat)to Plymouth is excellent and faster than Bilbao eg leave UK on wed at 1600hrs and arrive in Spain at 1200hrs the next day)
PPS PM Mike Werner on this website and see what he says about Le Mans...he knows what he`s at...
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|03-01-2006, 09:47 AM||#3|
Joined: Aug 2005
Location: South France
However it has already happened to get snow flurries during the "Tour de France" in July.
No problem in May, i even have already passed the Col de la Bonnette (highest road pass in Europe at 2860m) in may with my....1984 GL1200 Goldwing . Take care....but have fun.
Ciao a tutti
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