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Old 12-30-05, 03:15 PM
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Europe

I'm curious as to where in Europe you've toured, visited or live. I may want to take advantage of your knowledge as I plan future visits.

I'll go first.
Bike toured - Estonia, Ireland
Visited - Portugal, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria
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I surely am a "France Freak". That's why I like most riding there. My first trip was from Heidelberg to Bordeaux, last year I went to Barcelona (see my homepage). But best of all: Route des Grandes Alpes, an up- and downhill tour from Genf (Geneva) to Nizza (Nice), visiting all the great mountains of the tour de France, which is a 500 miles ride with an overall elevation of 18000m. It's not a distinct road, but an area of the french western Alps (maybe including some italian mountain roads). I like to do that with my wife, achieving our goal - by ferry - in Corsica, another fine place to ride, but also to have some beach fun and recreation time.
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Frankfurt Germany here. Very useful for anyone flying in.

I love to meet fellow tour-bicyclists, so let me offer my help to all those who would like it. If you need info, a pick up at the airport, a place to keep your bike box, or a place to sleep for a night, my wife and I would love to be of assistance. Just shoot me an email.

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I currently live in Heidelberg, Germany. I have also lived in Kaiserslautern, Munich and Stuttgart. I have ridden all over the south including the Alps. I have been to about all the European countries including the Balkans.

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I have visited and cycled in the UK (England and Wales), and France.
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I have cycled in Austria along the Salzech & Danube rivers: https://webhome.idirect.com/~brown/austria1.htm and in Germany / France along the Rhine and Mosel rivers: https://webhome.idirect.com/~brown/mosel1.html

Both are highly recommended.
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I have lived in Uppsala, Sweden and travelled extensively throughout the U.K. and Scandinavia.
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Bike toured: Finland. But I've got plans...
Visited: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, UK, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Czech, Hungary.

BTW, how was Estonia bike-wise? Where did you tour?

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I LOVE cycling in the Alps

Hope to see the eastern parts this summer e.g. Slovenia and perhaps Croatia
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I LOVE cycling in the Alps

Touring, or off-roading?
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i live (and cycle !) in Norfolk, eastern England
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Originally Posted by Juha
Bike toured: Finland. But I've got plans...
Visited: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, UK, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Czech, Hungary.

BTW, how was Estonia bike-wise? Where did you tour?

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I thought Estonia was a fabulous place to tour. In fact, it was my first trip out of the USA. I did a large clockwise loop of the country, with overnight stays in Tallinn, Koeru, Tartu, Viljandi, Parnu, Orrissaare on Saaremaa, Kaina on Hiiumaa, Haapsalu and some more time in Tallinn. Bikewise, Estonia is a good cycling choice. My route was very flat with only a few short hills around Viljandi. I understand there are more significant climbs in the Otepaa area, but I did not go there. I never had a problem finding a place to spend the night. Costs were a bargain. The roads were rough in a few places, but overall in pretty good shape though the low viscosity tar they construct them with tended to bubble up and spray all over your gear on the hottest days. I went in the early summer which I understand is normally comfortable, but they were having an unusually hot season when I was there. Food was plentiful and filling, and sometimes even very tasty. People were a little reserved until you broke the ice, then they were friendly and welcoming. English is readily understood in urban areas, a working knowledge of German got me through the more rural parts. I'm not a beer drinker, but my touring partner is a beer connoisseur and he claims the local brew Saku is the best there is. The women were the most beautiful I've seen in Europe. High heels and very tight, very short shorts were the norm.
Course, this was a few years ago..things have probably changed some since then.
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Originally Posted by PurpleK
I did a large clockwise loop of the country, with overnight stays in Tallinn, Koeru, Tartu, Viljandi, Parnu, Orrissaare on Saaremaa, Kaina on Hiiumaa, Haapsalu and some more time in Tallinn...
Sounds good. I'd be interested to ride south from Tallinn, close to the shore, take my time but finally make maybe all the way down to Latvia / Lithuania, then take a ferry to Gotland in Sweden, spend some time there, then take a ferry to mainland Sweden and finally back to Finland.

Things are changing in Estonia, all three Baltic countries joined EU in May 2004. And the Saku brewery is jointly owned by Carlsberg and Scottish & Newcastle. But the beer is still the same, and it's good!

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I cycled the Alps, starting in Switzerland, through northern Italy, and into Austria (and a little corner of Slovenia).
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I was born in and lived in Germany, specifically Neckarsulm. That's also where my passion for riding began.

Visited: France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Scotland, Greece, Belgium. Absolutely love it.
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he he he ... nobody has bicycled Bulgaria ....
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Originally Posted by BorisBob
he he he ... nobody has bicycled Bulgaria ....
At least not yet.
I would like to do a tour across the country from Sofia through Plovdiv to either Varna or Burgas. I have been considering it, but not sure when I will be able to get around to it. Darn this having to work for a living.

Those cyrillic roadsigns sure would make routefinding interesting, though.
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Much better routеs to tour in Bulgaria.
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Besides various randoneuring events in Germany, My summer tour will be to bike the whole Danube (Donau) River in July. I'll start at the Black see and pedal my way back home in Frankfurt. Then I'll be able to say I did Bulgaria. =)
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I live in Holland and have cycled to Greece in 2005 planing to cycle (with my wife) from Holland to Spain in 2006.
I have heard of a route along the Orient Express (from Paris to Istambul) was possible, my wife and I think this would be a realy nice tour, maybe something for 2007.
By the way has anyone done the ride?
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The region along Danube river in Bulgaria is not so interesting. A plane place.

And if Becnal bicycle from east to west along Danube, he will have only face wind .

Xilios, you have to cross Bulgaria, if you realy do it. DO NOT USE the motor road Sofia Plovdiv. Parallel to it there is another road without traffic on it, much more scenery over more...

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