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Your best tour and why

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 31 May 2008.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    ...I'm a beginner...just the one and off on a 'real' tour in a month or so...but already i am thinking about where to go next...so....where is the best place you ever toured and why?
     
  2. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I don't have a favourite tour. They have all had their own appeals, challenges and memorable events.

    The most memorable tour was my very first, a C2C.
     
  3. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    Location:
    Midlands
    ditto vernon - but if I had to recommend a place then it would be France - scenery /topography is wickededly variable in a small area, there is an abundance of beutiful historic towns and the climate in the summer is just right
     
  4. I enjoyed doing the Western Front battlefields a few years ago. Got the Euro Bike Express coach to Calais and then pedalled down and across to Arras on the Somme, then all the way up the old frontline to Ypres. Then back to Calais to get the bus home.
    But like Vernon says, they're all good.
     
  5. Brains

    Brains Veteran

    Location:
    Greenwich
    Plan a tour using the stops of the European Bike Express, get off on one route, cycle to another
     
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Did Sweden to Gibraltar a few years ago.
    Now planning (mentally) a bigger trip in two years time.
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Oh, why?

    My first major trip - six weeks and 4,000+ km, and just four weeks after breaking my collarbone.

    The best bit was the feeling of freedom, which I find on nearly all my rides - even a 25 minute commute!
     
  8. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I did that last year. I got off at Calais and got on at Montpellier.
     
  9. jags

    jags Über Member

    dayvo you were back on the bike after 4 weeks from a broken collarbone i was 3 months off whats your secret.
     
  10. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    I don't know! I always seem to recover quickly from (the few) injuries I've had.

    The break was more or less in the middle of the left collarbone; I'm large boned, so I don't know if that helps with the re-knitting of the bones!
     
  11. goo_stewart

    goo_stewart New Member

    My first tour, Cambodia. The sense of freedom, the warmest welcome by the locals and the challenge. I toured just about when UNTAC left and the country was getting on it's feet again. I love all my tours, but the first really stands out in my mind. I can smell the smells, see the people and feel the ride still to this day, 10 years later.
     
  12. Tajikistan's Pamir Highway - amazing mountain scenery, "way out there" feel, incredibly friendly people, very cheap and much less scarey than I had anticipated.
     
  13. xilios

    xilios Über Member

    Location:
    Maastricht, NL
    The best tour I've done was the latest one.
    Why? Because I saw and experianced something new.
     
  14. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    goo!
    Interesting travels! I have spent quite a lot of time in Cambodia over the last two winters, but I must admit I wouldn't fancy cycling there! The roads were atrocious and the driving/traffic scary. But the people were amazingly friendly and hospitable; maybe one day . . . !
     
  15. yello

    yello Guru

    Corsica in 2001 with my younger brother. Superb cycling and stunning scenery. My brother had flown over from NZ; we cycled in the UK, Ireland, the south of France and finally Corsica. He had neurofibromatosis and that tour was pretty much the last time he rode a bike. He sadly died a few years ago, making those weeks I spent with him very very special to me. Corsica's stunning though, sentimental reasons or no, and I plan to return later in the year.