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Old 08-06-2013, 04:32 AM   #16
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Thanks for all of the replies. I've been extremely busy between work and renovations on my house, so I haven't had much time to look at the details of this trip recently. I'm hoping to get back to planning soon.
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Old 08-06-2013, 05:16 AM   #17
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Thanks for all of the replies. I've been extremely busy between work and renovations on my house, so I haven't had much time to look at the details of this trip recently. I'm hoping to get back to planning soon.
Hurry, though, only 13 months to go.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #18
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Hurry, though, only 13 months to go.


What can I say, I like to plan ahead.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:09 AM   #19
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What can I say, I like to plan ahead.
Hey Matt.
Your trip plan and your allocated amount of time are not a match.
In 10-14 days, your better off selecting a country or two and just settling in and enjoying the scenery instead of flying past it.

I would give myself a month at the very least to try and take in as much as possible.

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Old 08-07-2013, 08:47 AM   #20
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Having just come back from a similar route myself, a few points to consider:

Unless you need to make up a lot of distance quickly, then skip all the motorways, particularly in France where you can end up paying a small fortune on the toll roads. I was travelling in late July/early August and the only real traffic that I encountered was on the motorway section through Lyon.

Skip Grenoble and stay somewhere in the Alps. Bourg St Maurice or maybe Tignes are very nice and there are plenty of places to camp. Plus it's a bit cheaper than somewhere like Chamonix. There are awesome Col's to ride, particularly Col du Petit Saint-Bernard and Col d'Iseran. If you're coming up through Italy then tag onto the Col d'Iseran to take you right through the Alps. The roads and the views are spectacular.

The Nurburgring... do it! It's amazing, worth the wait and the 26 Euros per lap. If you go, I can recommend staying here: http://www.campingplatz-stahlhuette.de/ Great campsite, great bar and good food. Plus if you can catch him, there's an English guy who lives there through the summer and has put in a few thousand laps on the 'ring, so he'll give you a few tips.

Also, if you're looking at heading to Monaco or the Cote d'Azur, i'd say don't bother. Unless you REALLY want to see the place, it just isn't worth it. Traffic was terrible, the drivers were worse and the whole place is massively overpriced. Very beautiful though.

Enjoy it and good luck!
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:03 AM   #21
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Oh NO, do NOT skip Grenoble!!
Or rather, the area just south west of it.
Known as the Vercors, it hosts some unbelievable roads, places and scenery, that are amongst the "must-see" places on the globe!
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:18 AM   #22
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Oh NO, do NOT skip Grenoble!!
Or rather, the area just south west of it.
Known as the Vercors, it hosts some unbelievable roads, places and scenery, that are amongst the "must-see" places on the globe!
You mean like



or



OK - I cheated on the last one. It's closed to traffic and bypassed with a tunnel now
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:46 AM   #23
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You mean like



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OK - I cheated on the last one. It's closed to traffic and bypassed with a tunnel now
Gotcha covered. Gorge de la Bourne. A major re-surface was underway during the summer so this section was closed, except for two weeks. I lucked it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70r3gf-7X4
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A major re-surface was underway...
About time!
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:16 PM   #25
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Awesome. Wish I could make this trip in less than 13 months.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:56 PM   #26
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You mean like....
Exactly.
That, and loads more only 20 mins from there.
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