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Old 10-08-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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France next week

I am going to France (Chatenois in Alsace to be exact) next week to visit the in-laws. I have a bike to use for 3-4 days and was wondering what the temps have been recently. More specifically what are the odds of getting to the Dolomites from Alsace mid to late next week? I understand temps can change fast but just wondering if in general this type of trip is possible in mid to late October??
BTW I will not have access to heated gear or grips. I'll be old schooling it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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3-4 days not long enough IMO for Alsace to the Dolomites and back. It's a 380 mile, 7 hour ride to Cortina. Doable but that's a lot of miles. Strasbourg's forecast wet with temperatures 11-18C for the coming few days.

Ps. I'm aware that we think 380 miles is a long way in the same way you think 380 years is a long time. ;-)
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:54 AM   #3
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Actually I have the bike as long as I want (borrowing from my brother in law) and I will be there from the 16th to the 30th. Was thinking just 3-4 days so the wife wouldn't say I am avoiding her family .

The real question is do locals think the Alps and Dolomites will still be passable with normal gear in the next 2-3 weeks? I have always wanted to make it to the Dolomites but would at least like to get down in the French\Swiss Alps if at all possible.
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:57 AM   #4
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Actually I have the bike as long as I want (borrowing from my brother in law) and I will be there from the 16th to the 30th. Was thinking just 3-4 days so the wife wouldn't say I am avoiding her family .

The real question is do locals think the Alps and Dolomites will still be passable with normal gear in the next 2-3 weeks? I have always wanted to make it to the Dolomites but would at least like to get down in the French\Swiss Alps if at all possible.
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If you don't mind a long day ride, its feasible in 4 days - and a nice ride too...
Day one - Alsace - Freiburg - Singen - Konstanz see south shore - Bregenz - Arlberg (do the pass, not tunnel) Imst - Soelden - more or less 400 kms
Day two - Soelden - Timmelsjoch - Jaufenpass - Vipiteno/Sterzing - Fortezza/Franzenfeste - Bressanone/Brixen (sudtirol is bilingual) Funes/Villnoss - Passo Erbe/Wurzenjoch - San Martino Badia - La Villa - Passo Valparola - Passo Falzarego (why don't stop at Rifugio Valparola at pass ? its a nice place http://www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortin...ola/index.html)
Day Three - Falzarego - Cortina - Passo Tre Croci - Misurina - Tre Cime Lavaredo (pay road, but views makes worth it) -Auronzo di Cadore - Pieve Di Cadore - Venas di Cadore - Forcella Cibiana - Zoldo - Forcella Staulanza - Livinallongo - Arabba - Passo Campolongo - Corvara - Passo Gardena - Passo Sella - Canazei - Vigo Fassa - Carezza - Nova Levante
Day Four - Back to Alsace through Bolzano - Merano - Passo Resia - Nauders - Martina - Davos - Klosters - Zurich - Basel.

Weather could be really good , but you will need some warm gear (also in august)
Best meteo service for Dolomites is
http://www.arpa.veneto.it/previsioni...iti.phphttp://
and
http://www.provincia.bz.it/meteo/alto-adige.asp

Tell me if you need more info.
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:52 AM   #5
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Thanks Gio!!

This is the type of info I am looking for.... I will map your suggestions out tonight and get back to you if I have more questions.
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