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Old 04-01-13, 08:12 AM
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North Italy 2013 - Trieste - Milan - Turin

I am in the middle of planing our summer 2013 tour. Which is btw my first serious tour so every advice is welcome. My route planning consists of creating a route on ridewithgps.com, viewing roads with Google street view, correcting it since we must avoid highways and speed roads but also visit civilization every 2-3 days for food, reacharge, talk with other people so we don't kill each other, etc... Then I will download route in gpx format and put it on Garmin Legend GPS that I must buy

Plan is to start in Pula, Croatia. Ride through north Italy to Turin. Then take train to Lyon and ride to Bayonne in West France and then follow the El Camino Frances in Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It is near 2,300 km and we have some 2 months to cross it slowly. How to come back home is a thing i must invent

I am think of placing our routes here so you can check them, correct them if there is something interesting on the road and we are missing it, or simply if you are on the way in that period so we can meet up or ride together for some time.

So, this is our Italy route:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2232729
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Old 04-01-13, 08:38 AM
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Your trip sounds very fun, Goran. You may not even need a GPS. If you have a list of city names (and maybe a few local maps) you should be able to find you way as you go.
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Thank you

About maps. I am looking at Michelin maps. You say local maps will help and I plan to take few of them around big cities such as Milan, Turin and Lyon to help us. For other parts I'd use Michelin regional maps. Are they detailed enough? In France, for example, they show national and secondary roads. So I am researching traffic density on those secondary roads. If they are crowded I'd avoid them
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When I toured in France, I used a 3 mile to the inch scale (UK AAA maps of France). These were a good mix of scale and number of map pages (weight and space).

The problem with that scale, though, is that it is useless in a big city, showing only the major routes that are not for biking.

It is worth searching the internet to see if the cities you are riding through either have an on-line bike route map or suggested routes for getting across town.

When I saw the area covered by the smallest scale Michelin maps, I realized how many I would need to cover my entire route. But, you need to find the smallest roads available that can take you where you want to go. Also, it would be great to be able to locate any bike-specific/only routes through an area. I doubt these will be on the Michelin maps but you can always find them on Google or other (ridewithgps.com) and print them out on paper.
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Touring Club Italiano maps (1:200,000) are the best that I know of for Italy.
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