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    Sincere thanks...

    ...to everyone who took part and made this a very memorable trip. This was my kind of tour

    It was a pleasure riding (and drinking ) with you all, and it's a shame that a few had to leave for home and an early bath, or other destinations. (I still haven't heard from Team Croatia...)

    I really can't think of a bad day's riding - even the thunderstorm and golf-ball hailstones at the top of the pass didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

    The lovely Samantha provided some much-needed eye-candy, and Magdelena's magic fingers helped ease the rigours of pass-riding in a nice 55 minute session

    The hotels were excellent - comfortable and reasonably priced and some excellent food. However, if I see veal again, I may have to have a violent outburst Perhaps the German Cock Hotel could be bettered in terms of value and leering Mein Host, but overall, I thought we did quite well...

    As always, it's the people that maketh the trip, and I'm very pleased to have met some new friends and ridden again with some old ones. I hope to do the same again another day...

    Be careful out there

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    Mark, my sincere thanks for all your hard work in putting this trip together you have set the bar very high indeed

    As Mark has said it's the company as well as the destination that makes a trip so memorable and enjoyable so thanks to all who took part for making it one to remember, it was great to ride, drink and talk shite with you all
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 wheel humvee View Post
    Mark, my sincere thanks for all your hard work in putting this trip together you have set the bar very high indeed

    As Mark has said it's the company as well as the destination that makes a trip so memorable and enjoyable so thanks to all who took part for making it one to remember, it was great to ride, drink and talk shite with you all
    seconded, couldn't put it better myself! well done mark!

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    yes mark all thanks to your self for pre planing and booking

    and a wonderful tour so much so i,m thinking of it again this time with a working sat nav,

    and i would also like to thank every one on the trip for their great company , and beer swilling, and banter

    memorable nights in the beer tent , in hotel christiano, i wish i was in dixie who ever she is,

    hope team croatia turn up soon with some trip photos,

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    Quote Originally Posted by russ996duke View Post
    seconded, couldn't put it better myself! well done mark!
    "The Boy Dun Good!"

    Thanks for all your efforts Mark- really appreciate all the hard work you put in.
    Thanks also for the great company and the craic in general.

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    Glad to hear that you all had a good trip

    Just 1 or 2 questions though ,
    Did you stick to the daily routes ??
    Were the routes pretty accurate or did you find a few new dogging spots ??
    How was the daily mileage ?? Easy , average or long days in the saddle ??
    Only asking as I'm off in 2 weeks following Mark's routes

    Thanks in advance, Jok

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirky1298 View Post
    Glad to hear that you all had a good trip

    Just 1 or 2 questions though ,
    Did you stick to the daily routes ??
    Were the routes pretty accurate or did you find a few new dogging spots ??
    How was the daily mileage ?? Easy , average or long days in the saddle ??
    Only asking as I'm off in 2 weeks following Mark's routes

    Thanks in advance, Jok
    Yes.

    Very accurate although some GPS units interpreted the routes slightly differently-possibly according to the users personal settings and preferences/avoids etc.

    A mix, some easy days with plenty of opportunities for coffee stops and photo opportunities, some harder days but no absolute killers but there may be days when you'll long for a straight road.........

    You'll have a ball, Mark did a great job
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 wheel humvee View Post
    Yes.

    Very accurate although some GPS units interpreted the routes slightly differently-possibly according to the users personal settings and preferences/avoids etc.

    A mix, some easy days with plenty of opportunities for coffee stops and photo opportunities, some harder days but no absolute killers but there may be days when you'll long for a straight road.........

    You'll have a ball, Mark did a great job
    Magic !!! thanks for that .
    The only route I plan to miss will be the Touratec day as I'm more of a Pooratec type . I'm gonna try and tie in a visit to the Rhine falls with the Hassenhorn coaster if that's possible .
    Thanks once again

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirky1298 View Post
    Magic !!! thanks for that .
    The only route I plan to miss will be the Touratec day as I'm more of a Pooratec type . I'm gonna try and tie in a visit to the Rhine falls with the Hassenhorn coaster if that's possible .
    Thanks once again
    You can easily tag the Rhine Falls onto the end of the Fluela/Albula loop and spend 1 night in Tuttlingen, giving you an extra day to find an interesting route to Hassenhorn and then stay near there a night before heading across the Rhine to Cernay to pick up Mark's excellent route along the Routes des Cretes in the Vosges to Kayersberg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wessie View Post
    You can easily tag the Rhine Falls onto the end of the Fluela/Albula loop and spend 1 night in Tuttlingen, giving you an extra day to find an interesting route to Hassenhorn and then stay near there a night before heading across the Rhine to Cernay to pick up Mark's excellent route along the Routes des Cretes in the Vosges to Kayersberg.
    cheers wessie , that msounds like a plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirky1298 View Post
    How was the daily mileage ?? Easy , average or long days in the saddle ??
    mileage not that big on paper, but they are largely very twisty and technical, so covering distance is not that easy.
    all days bar the excursions* were day long for me, and i didn't really stop to take photos.

    hard to fault really. all routes massively enjoyable, and all got us to the hotels at exactly beer o clock

    *actually, one of the excursions was a days affair too now i come to think of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie View Post
    mileage not that big on paper, but they are largely very twisty and technical, so covering distance is not that easy.
    all days bar the excursions* were day long for me, and i didn't really stop to take photos.

    hard to fault really. all routes massively enjoyable, and all got us to the hotels at exactly beer o clock

    *actually, one of the excursions was a days affair too now i come to think of it.
    so , we're talking 8-10 hr days ?? or longer

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    um, i'd say we (me and mrs) kicked off about 9:30 mostly and got in about 4:00 or 5:00 with an hour for lunch. mostly riding on our own, so not a great many stops.

    so not that long, but my point was that i did not consider it easy cruising. i thought it was quite hard work. that is not a criticism BTW, far from it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirky1298 View Post
    so , we're talking 8-10 hr days ?? or longer
    you shouldn't have any 10 hour days and the only people who had 8 hour days were those who stopped for lengthy lunches, took detours to see stuff or got lost in a fog of Garmin misinformation and/or technostupidity.

    there are plenty of opportunities to reduce the time if you think a particular day is too much or the weather is poor e.g. I've done the Timmelsjoch numerous times so, after lunch with another rider at the Zugspitze viewpoint on the Fernpass we decided to take the quicker/shorter route over the Brenner pass (not autobahn) into Italy from Austria. We had 10 minutes of rain, the others had some interesting climactic conditions to contend with at 2500m above sea level.

    Just take paper maps or an electronic device such as an ipad/netook with you, look at Mark's route and have a contingency if you get pushed for time or you want to ride around inclement weather. Most of the routes will have parallel main roads where km can be knocked off in short order should the need arise. You are on holiday so adapt the routes to suit your preferences.
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    As has already been said, some days are hard work purely because of the twistiness factor, and a couple of 'getting there' routes (especially Belgium, for me) were a bit tedious (and I'd probably change next time).

    9am starts would probably mean a 5-6pm finish, and some days 3pm, even with a coffee stop etc.

    However, I can't think of a bad day (for me) where there wasn't either an enormous amount of fun (aka Joey Dunlop) or enormous views to witness.

    Possibly only one not-quite-up-to-par hotel (Tuttlingen) - but of course that's very subjective. The food and beer were good, but being next to the equivalent of a busy 'A' road meant it was a little noisy at times.

    The company helped the entire trip, but even as a soloist, I really think you'll like it

    I'm still trying to find time to do a ride report - maybe over this weekend

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    Thanks very much for all the advice folks . Sorry bout the thread hijack btw.

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