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Looking for something else, I tripped over this site, which has some quite nice short(ish) days out. They have well presented maps that would be easy to hack into a GPS route or onto a paper map:

http://www.alsace-balades.bseditions.fr/selection_randonnee_voiture.php

Example:

COLMAR, VALLEE DE MUNSTER, CRETES, VALLEE DE LA WEISS

110 kms (70 miles) in two hours or five and a half hours if you bimble, stop to look at stuff etc

Colmar - Turckheim - Niedermorschwihr - Trois-Epis - Le Linge - Col du Wettstein - Le Linge - Hohrodberg - Hohrod - Stosswihr - Soultzeren - Col de la Schlucht - Col du Calvaire - Pairis - Orbey - Hachimette - Kaysersberg - Kientzheim - Sigolsheim - Ingersheim - Katzenthal - Ingersheim - Colmar.

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I have now (05 Feb 18) created all 15 routes in a single file. For those that don't want to walk their way down to post #30 here it is:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/vqzhds1951kz6dm/Balades en Alsace - FINAL - 05 Feb 2108.GPX?dl=0

But if you do, you'll miss the website's map drawings of each of the 15 routes and a bit of banter. It's up to you.

Richard

PS As usual, I created the route on a Mac using BaseCamp. I then hosted the file on Dropbox in a .gpx format. This means that it should open straight up in BaseCamp or Mapsource or in any software that is capable of reading gpx exchange files. That being said, sometimes the movement of the file between a Mac and Dropbox changes the file extension from .gpx to .txt This changes it into a text file, meaning that you get a load of text and no routes. Do not panic. Save the file to your computer and rename it by deleting the .txt extension but leave the .gpx bit. All should then be well.
 
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You will of course have to allow at least a day to visit the Cité de l'Automobile which has to be the best motor museum in the world.
 
Cheers, done quite a few if those routes, nice to have more

One of my favourite areas and only a good day's ride from Calais/Zeebrugge to get there, to base yourself for a few days
 
Also a favoured area of mine. A friend used to live near Mulhouse so I have got to know it well. Worth going there as a destination in itself or spend a couple of nights there on a longer tour.

As I've mentioned before, there is a super hotel at Hohrod - Hotel Panorama - a Logis with a lovely restaurant and superb views over the top of Munster to the Petit Ballon.
https://www.hotel-panorama-alsace.com/en

If you want a town setting then Kaysersberg is my favourite. A number of hotels. Hotel Constantin has garage parking. Look out for the local dish Baeckeoffe - a big pot of meat & veg.
 
Thanks, wessie, some good tips there.

If I get a chance, I’ll carve the (I think) 15 routes out into a gpx file.

Bods could then ride / hoon / bimble from the Channel ports down to Alsace and set about riding to their hearts’ content. A readymade holiday.
 
I have made a start, jaunts 1,2 and 3

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/q49twat6590btfp/Balades en Alsace.GPX?dl=0

I have had to make a bit of an educated guess as to where some of the small excursions from the main route go to and / or drop into Open Street Maps for some fine detail. That being said, they should work OK.

PS As usual, I created the route on a Mac using BaseCamp. I then hosted the file on Dropbox in a .gpx format. This means that it should open straight up in BaseCamp or Mapsource or in any software that is capable of reading gpx exchange files. That being said, sometimes the movement of the file between a Mac and Dropbox changes the file extension from .gpx to .txt This changes it into a text file, meaning that you get a load of text and no routes. Do not panic. Save the file to your computer and rename it by deleting the .txt extension but leave the .gpx bit. All should then be well.
 
I have found a good road when passing through the North.

https://goo.gl/maps/pt7oZ3L5QHt

I think this should be a cracking road but it will have to wait till next time.

https://goo.gl/maps/KgZNGfgJZYG2

Hageunau can be busy with the traffic but just inside the ring road there is a good spot to park up the bike with a few restaurants nearby.

https://goo.gl/maps/PnzUbp1LFTy

If you pass through Bitche then the D962 to the north of the town is worth a ride and while you are there check it out.

Linky: http://www.citadelle-bitche.com/site/index.php

Hope this helps.
 
Wessie, thanks for the tips etc.

If anyone else has any 'must do' hotels, cafes, restaurants, stunning things to see and do or whatever, please ping them up in this thread. The more accurate you can be the better, as i'll seek to include them in the final version. For example, I have added in Wessie's 'Les Pins' hotel in Hageunau.

Thanks,

Richard

PS I have just 'flown' some of the routes in Google Earth Pro. They look OK, for sure. Where all the cars were when the satellites passed over, I have no idea.
 
That's a good find. There's a group of us who will be staying at Hotel Col de bussang, on the way home from Garmisch, with a view to spending the following day in the area with another stop at Verdun before Calais and home.

I can use these to put together a circuitous route, thanks.


https://goo.gl/maps/4JZ2B4N27Dp

https://www.coldebussang.com/index.php
 
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Balades (wanders about) in Alsace / Vosges / Colmar etc

That's a good find. There's a group of us who will be staying at Hotel Col de bussang, on the way home from Garmisch, with a view to spending the following day in the area with another stop at Verdun before Calais and home.

I can use these to put together a circuitous route, thanks.

I stayed there in Sept 17
Not a bad hotel - but rooms a little basic and it's remote - but bar area & food good
Owner is looking to sell in 2018/19 so may change for better or worse
 
Not a bad hotel - but rooms a little basic and it's remote....

Not uncommon with hotels throwing their doors open to bikermates. They need to attract punters to locations patrons might not otherwise select. Slap ‘biker friendly’ across the door (as if all other hotels are particularly unfriendly to anyone on a motorcycle) and bods flock in.
 
I stayed there in Sept 17
Not a bad hotel - but rooms a little basic and it's remote - but bar area & food good
Owner is looking to sell in 2018/19 so may change for better or worse

I concur. It was okay for me, on a solo trip as I made a few new friends but for a base for a group over a few days I would prefer a town setting so you can wander and try a range of different eateries. Or, with my touring group, something like the Panorama mentioned above, which is a bit more up market with a quality restaurant, pool and spa.
 
Not uncommon with hotels throwing their doors open to bikermates. They need to attract punters to locations patrons might not otherwise select. Slap ‘biker friendly’ across the door (as if all other hotels are particularly unfriendly to anyone on a motorcycle) and bods flock in.

Yep, it's the only attraction...biker mates per se

Glad I only stayed one night as it's fecking miles from anywhere and sits below the mountain road, at the entrance to a tunnel - so a bit gloomy
 


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