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Touring Europe

I'm beginning to loosely plan a 2014 ride throughout Europe. I would like to start up north (Norway, Sweden or Finland) and work my way south to the southwest coastal area of Spain.

This is what I'm looking for:

1. Advise on where to start

2. Routing

3. Must stop and see along the way

4. Any one who may be up for riding all or part of the way

Thanks,

Harvey

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Touring Finland 2014

Hi Harvey,
Last year we toured Finland and Germany starting in July from Oulu, Finland. We can highly recommend the Island of Oland and the Archipelago Cycle Tour. Try to be in Oland for the annual Viking Festival at Saltvik, for an Australian it was very interesting as we have never been to a viking festival before this one.
Oulu airport is more efficient than Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane for local flights evidenced by our getting our bags including oversize luggage- bikes of course, in just 10 minutes. You could cycle easily from the airport to the city, and we started with the Blue hotel overlooking the market to get over the jet lag. The hotel breakfast buffet is fantastic!
For eating in Finland we settled into going to a hotel (we camped or used hostels or Warm Showers Hosts for accommodation) and requesting to have the breakfast buffet (only 8-10 Euros). For lunch go where Finnish workers and others go the local pub, every town has one and it is only 8-10 Euros for a hot buffet lunch. Dinner in small towns is Pizza or Kebabs usually, as this is all there is. Watch out for Sundays- have cold food purchased prior to Sunday as cafes do not open until 1pm if at all.
If you wish to see our route we are on Strava and travelled Finland July 9-31, 2012. If you join Strava and ask to friend me - Carolyn Lister you can view our route.
Happy trip planning!!

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Touring Europe

Hi Harvey. I have detailed route mapping and elevation profiles for the Pyrenees in Southwest France, Northern Spain, and Basque Country from a trip I did in 2010 from Andorra to Donostia on the Atlantic Coast. I know your plans indicate you are more interested in the southwest part of Spain but you find my information useful. Let me know if you would like me to put together the material for you.

Robear

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TouringEurope - Italy

Hi Harvey, some informations on Italian bike-roads here:

http://www.piste-ciclabili.com/

If you'll pass through North of Italy, you're welcome at my home!
Fausto

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Robear, Here is my email

Robear,

Here is my email address. I'm not sure how I'm getting from point A to B so all info is helpful.

Thanks,

Harvey

flyngoldwing24954@yahoo.com

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Routes through France and Northern Spain

Hey Robert

I stumbled over this post and am wondering if you would mind sharing your routes, My boyfriend and I are planning our first bike tour in Europe and headed from Madrid to Barcelona to Paris. Would love any feed back and info starting our trip at the end of April 2013

Thanks

Kim

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Spain / France touring info

Here you go Kim. This is a detailed itinerary for an East-to-West Pyrenees route. I'm not sure how useful this will be for you since you're planning a Madrid, Barcelona, Paris route, but you're welcome to it.

http://www.bobocycle.com/pyrenees/pyrenees.html

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Hi, Below a link to the

Hi,

Below a link to the Europa fietsers website. They have great routes. Maybe this can help you to plan your route.

http://europafietsers.nl/klik/routes-all.htm

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Routes

Roel,

Thanks, they look great.

Harvey

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around Europe

I m going to traveling around Europe since 5 months
i m in north of Italy now you can read my blog
http://ensellesurlesroutesdeurope.blogspot.com/

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Italy now

Hi Anthony,
where're you now? And what's your road in North of Italy'
ciao,
Fausto

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Europe 2014

Still in the USA will not begin my ride until April/May 2014 in Cadiz, Spain

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Fausto Italie

He, this morning, i left Bologna to arrive this evening to Podova where i ll stay 2 nights, then Feltre and hihihi the Alps :-)

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Fausto Italie

Ahaaa! Sorry but you're not on the way to my house, Padova is 200km East from here.I image that you'll move from Bologna to Ferrara and to Padua; Ferrara is a very nice city!

Next time!
Bon Voyage!
Fausto

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fausto

No i don t go to Ferrera, i want to back home now
Next time
bye