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American living in ukraine, and touring Europe, Black Sea
« on: June 27, 2017, 06:19:55 pm »
Hello..  i have extensive K experience, riding them since 1985, presently have 45,800 miles on a 2014 ..excellent bike, cruise at 120-130 all over 1/4 of the world, USA Mexico Europe and Ukraine...i want to go to the Alps, Austria, Switzerland, end up in Amsterdam before returning to Ukraine

any tips, ideas, places to see/avoid?

traveling USA, Mexico, Europe and Ukraine

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Re: American living in ukraine, and touring Europe, Black Sea
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 09:10:06 am »
Hello Robert and welcome to the Club, sounds like you have a great trip planned, enjoy :)

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Re: American living in ukraine, and touring Europe, Black Sea
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2017, 10:05:06 am »
Hello Robert and welcome.
Regarding your trip the places better the routes to explore should be the famous passes Stelvio and Furka , get to Leihnedtain the small country in Swiss borders , check out one of the most beutifyll europian cities Colmar right after Strasbourg . If you go down to Italy see abut Bolzano and the mountain city in one of the most beautiful ferry like valley just after Austrian borders. The hole holland is a flat but not very friendly to fast bikers country see the canals and the small villages surrounding them. Nice breweries to visit also but need to carefully plan such trip.
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Re: American living in ukraine, and touring Europe, Black Sea
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2017, 10:13:45 am »
Always difficult to advise others when their touring as we all like different things. For me, avoiding Switzerland would be a priority. The times I have been there it's just been too "regimented" and expensive to appeal to me and it offers nothing (unless you are doing a tick list of well known Apls passes) that you cant get in France or Italy cheaper and in a more relaxed atmosphere.

If you fancy a run down to the Med and back I'd recommend the Route des Grandes Alpes and the Route Napoleon. Do one down to the coast, dip your feet in the Med then do the other back up. If you're doing the Route Napoleon then also take a slight detour and do what is my favourite road ever, the N202 and the D955

and ride around the Gorges du Verdon. The views are stunning!

Avoid the well known towns on the Med coast (Nice, Cannes etc.) as they are way to commercial and expensive but ride up to Roubion from the M2205 and stop for a coffee/lunch at the top while to admire the amazing view back down the valley,7.105923/44.0919292,7.0494458/@44.0885295,7.1023757,16.1z

Enjoy your trip!

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Re: American living in ukraine, and touring Europe, Black Sea
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2017, 11:01:44 am »
If you get the chance head for the Pyrenees and Picos. Quieter and not as commercial as the Alps.

A good tip is to route over famous Cols that the Tour de France uses. If you use the route for the 2017 TDF you can be assured that the road surfaces will be excellent. If you get the chance get a lap in at the Nürburgring. Check opening times here

Be aware that Amsterdam is notorious for bike thefts.
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