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australia i think is a nice place to go bicycle touring. but if you had a chance, where would be your ideal place to do a bicycle tour? i suppose france would be popular... also -- which particular region or location -- and why?
(by nice bicycle tour -- i think i mean one where you don't need to pack too much luggage and you can ride from motel/hotel to hotel easily within one day sightseeing and enjoying the local flavours at the same time. no rush.)
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hartleymartin wrote:Probably somewhere around Europe. It depends what you make of your touring. I think that England would be quite good, though one would have to get used to the rain. I think that the Canal Tow-paths would be nice to explore, and towns are fairly close together (compared to Australia).
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South America: Colombia. Accommodation everywhere, cycle culture, extremely friendly folk.
Asia: AHHH, those Thai beaches.... and don't forget Japan!
North America: Oregon and California coast. Great set-up for cyclists (hiker/biker sites), you'll meet a lot of like-minded people. Great social event.
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Been there a couple of times with work and would love to cycle through it.
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Northern Italy from Verona to Riva di Garda is a steady simple climb and the views and locations are great, only mayber 3 or 4 days worth of cycling, but the countryside is magnificent.
One country - Slovenia. Do it!
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Countries I've ridden in:
england: great, weather is !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! though. B roads were a bit scary though, english drivers are as bad as aussies.
netherlands: awesome. Bit flat and windy though, except for limburgh.
belgium: only went through wallonia, awful place. Flanders might be better.
france: very nice. Secondary highways are fine to cycle, drivers are nice and courteous. Would not recommend cycling on the main freeways though, Accidentally hopped on one heading into paris, wasn't fun.
countries I want to ride in:
- northern netherlands - amsterdam was as far north as I got, I want to see friesland.
- germany - seemed awesome when I was there on foot.
- everywhere else in europe except for Greece. Greek drivers scare me, plus it's hot as sin. If I want to bake to death on my bike, I can do that fine here.
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There's nothing quite like the feeling of decending one of those Swiss Mountains and seeing 85km/h on the speedo.
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blastork wrote:(by nice bicycle tour -- i think i mean one where you don't need to pack too much luggage and you can ride from motel/hotel to hotel easily within one day sightseeing and enjoying the local flavours at the same time. no rush.)
Europe +1. Austria the standout for me.
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But being more realistic, I'd love to spend 2 months riding Tasmania in summer. In fact I just might get the opportunity next year.
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Lots of flat or lots of hills and very few cars, specially up to the skiing areas in summer as they most end the mountains. Even crossings away from the border are very quiet compared to most places.
The main problem with Eastern Europe is, outside or the capital cities there is little to no English spoken.
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Mississippi River Trail (US) from the headwaters in Minnesota to the delta in Louisiana.
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Depends how long you have. We'll most probably do some of france and tuscany next time we go for a tour
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I have not done France, Italy, Spain, etc,etc but from what I have read they are great too. I found the roads and paths in the former eastern block countries to be pretty average and the drivers suck..in some areas I thought they were worse than Perth drivers if that is possible. The bonus with eastern europe is they are less touristy (but catching up) and cheaper. Dont expect to ride you bike into Prague at 6pm on a Saturday night and find accomodation easily. Everywhere else I found accommodation easily so no need to book.
All I can say is stop dreaming about it and do it. Best holiday of my life.
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Europe-wise - I suggest Italy. As for the UK - the tow paths are awful (unless you're on a mountain bike) and generally not bike friendly. France would be my second choice.
A lot depends on what you don't mind putting up with! Pakistan from my experience was very good, apart from dirty accomodation and suspect food. But the main roads from Karachi to Lahore were the best I have ever cycled on! Smooth as silk!
4 times across the Sahara
All over Europe
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England, excellent opportunities if you stay off the main routes which is easy to do. Super mtn biking too in the right areas.
Scotland, even better. Roads much quieter too. Outer Hebrides a must. Only problem is the weather, can be wet.
Wales, similar to England.
Spain - Mallorca, Andualucia both super for out of season road tours, especially the former, but would be way too busy in season. Drivers considerate despite the Latin temperament
Switzerland - excellent mtn biking and road riding. Very cycle friendly.
Cycling in Northen Italy, Austria, France & Germany mainly limited to mtn biking, again excellent.
Thailand - great variety of scenery once away from Bangkok, even the latter has it's attractions though cycling there isn't one of them.
Costa Rica - great for a road tour, some of the best scenic cycling I've done & wildlife amazing too.
Belize & Guatemala - super places for the Mayan sites, road conditions can be variable and hilly, but super all the same.
NZ - scenery can be great no doubt, but lack of available roads means it can be difficult to avoid the worst drivers I've experienced. Mtn biking north island disappointing.
Mexico - limited experience of cycling here, but wouldn't be top of my list with drivers to rival NZs.
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