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    Posted: 31 Jan 2017 at 13:42
Hi All,

As part of the sales pitch to the other half I mentioned how awesome she would look on the CalVin tooling round Monaco. Now I've got the bike, she seems to think that's too far to go in a ten day tour. It's my fault, last time we went away on a bike was to Cornwall (we live in north Yorkshire) I got lost and she spent 14 hours with her knees round her ears on the back of a ZRX1200 and seems reluctant to risk the same thing happening again... Can't imagine why, I loved it!

Sooooo, the following is what we've agreed as our holiday this year. We're new to touring and I want this to be a positive experience so we get to be old at it too. However, we can't make our minds up where to go, any recommendations?
  • 150 to 300 mile days max
  • Somewhere within a max of 3 days ride from North Yorkshire
  • Travel to a destination in a town (not a city) then use it for a base to visit places or just laze about
  • Somewhere in Europe (though not the UK)
  • Ferries preferred for the wet bits
  • No camping
  • Somewhere with twisty roads and a minimum of motorways
Things I've considered:
  • Monaco - See above
  • Belgium, but the roads in the North look a bit bland
  • Northern France - Love this area, but we've been a few times and the ferry crossing is a bit expensive, though it does allow for a decent kip on the way down
  • Germany - No experience but looks nice. Need to travel through Holland, which is lovely, but has booorrrring roads (I think?)
What does the collective think?

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The collective thinks that you should fly her out to the sunshine, you having set off a day or two beforehand, where she spends the first night in a hotel, then 3 days being chauffered around, looking awesome, only to fly back whilst you return to our Rainy Shores back the hard way.
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That's the arrangement Caroline and I have used in the past.It works very well I find.Compromise..........the name of the game.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2017 at 14:15
What ferry crossing did you use to Northern France? I mostly use the Newhaven - Dieppe one, not so expensive.
Brittany is great, as is the Loire Valley. But they are quite close.
 
We liked the Massive Central, the Grand Hotel in Mont Dore had to be seen to be believed. LOL
 
Actually Bavaria is worth a thought.
 
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I'd recommend the Vosges and Black Forest.  Fantastic roads, great food and wine.  Weather's more reliable than in the Alps and it's not too far from the Ferry ports.
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"Not UK", damn I was going to suggest Scottish Highlands


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bexupnorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2017 at 16:32
Thanks guys,

Not sure about the flying out option, but worth a thought Ermm. Trouble is she has more holiday than me and she really does like being on the bike.

Not looked at Newhaven - Dieppe, we generally used Portsmouth to St Malo and aren't averse to doing it again, will take a look thanks.

Bavaria is a consideration and we've been recommended by a friend to look at the Massive Central, but they look like they're on our journey limit, maybe another time.

Scotland is just awesome as is Ireland, but we wanted something "properly" abroad. Anyway, we can save both for long weekends if I ever get the decorating finished!

Vosges, keeps coming up as it was a planned stopover for Monaco. Hadn't realised it was so close to the Black Forest too, currently No 1 option I think Thumbs Up

Thanks guys, really appreciate the advice :)

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Now I'm not suggesting you go round the Ring you understand.

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With a pillion 150/180 miles is enough ,unless the person is used to the saddle
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jan 2017 at 22:49
Originally posted by bexupnorth bexupnorth wrote:

Scotland is just awesome as is Ireland, but we wanted something "properly" abroad.


Fairy nuff!

I presume she's more comfy on the Cali than the ZRX then?



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bexupnorth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2017 at 12:20
Hmmm, the ring on a CalVin would still be fun.

The Rex was pretty comfy, but the pillion rests were quite high so moving your legs about was a challenge. Life keeps getting in the way of her getting on the Cali, but I'm hoping to sort that out this year. 

I agree about the 150/180 mile pillion stint, shame, is I'm just getting warmed up at that point. It's all about the compromise...

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A nice pootle down to Plymouth, with a stop over maybe and then the ferry to Santander. It is a good service and makes you feel like you're going somewhere. Then you have the whole of northern Spain to play in and the option of returning from France.
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Before going way too far and seriously pissing her off why not look up one of the Music weekends at Butlins Bognor or Minehead easy ish ride somewhere to stay and have entertainment, we have used these even for a week as good weather we go out days great rides in the Minehead area lots to see too , the roads are much more congested in Bognor BUT again lots to do and easy decent rides out

One year we stayed 3 nights B&B in Weston Super Mare then 4 nights in Minehead ... it is if you book carefully a very cheap stay in fact  no more than camping, just an idea .... to get to Minehead we have turned off towards Monmouth stayed overnight there then cruised down through the Welsh hills over the Severn crossing to get to Weston then Minehead ...I know on the V1000 and EV Annie likes to stop at no more than 100mls for comfort break, and drink maybe grub but we find to stop before the bum starts to protest makes a far better ride ...we look for places to visit en route.... just a thought

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote TooJuicy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Feb 2017 at 18:54
We do the "pillion flies out". It enables me to blat out long dull days on motorway, stay at cheap Premiere Classe hotels, all without complaints. With low-cost airlines it's hardly more expensive than paying to feed the pillion were she to travel on't bike.
Of course doesn't work if your wife wants to ride her own bike.
 
The Vosages are nice. My wife flew into Basle airport for that trip.
 
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Originally posted by TooJuicy TooJuicy wrote:

We do the "pillion flies out".


There's cunning. Smile

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