It has come around quickly. In just over a month we will be heading to Folkestone to ride our bikes onto the train to head over to France!
The last few weeks have been busy. We have finalised our route, and we have also booked all our accommodation! That in itself was hard work, but if it wasn’t for the internet it would have been near impossible!
The logistics of our trip:
We will be away for 16 days
We have booked 13 different hotels in 7 countries (we will be staying 3 nights in Rome)
We are riding through 11 countries.
We are riding 3014 miles in 60 hours (according to Tyre)
This is the route we are taking (coming back through France):
My bike has just been serviced, and new tyres put on. I took a ride out to Norfolk this last weekend and made some adjustments so I am very comfortable on the bike now (I raised the seat, and adjusted the gear lever up so my foot fits under it better).
We are getting excited about getting going now, won’t be long before we are on the road!
I am a planner by nature, and half the fun of this trip is in the actual planning and preparation. One of the most important part of this trip is to plot the route so that we get to see and do as much as possible in the short amount of time we have.
With my new bike, I got the BMW Navigator V. It is a great device and I will do a review of it soon. It comes with software called Basecamp which you can use for free. The thing is, before I got the new bike I was already plotting the route using another routing software called Tyre (I had a TomTom Rider, which is a great GPS system, but the Navigator V integrates far better with the bike). Tyre is much easier to use than Basecamp and thankfully it is able to synchronise with my new Garmin unit.
With Tyre you can approach routing in a couple different ways. You can plot all the points you want to visit and let Tyre create a route for you. The second method, and the one I am using, is to still plot the points of the places you want to visit, but to force the route to go the direction you want you plot a whole lot of other points too. For example, what if I wanted to go from one town to another, but I didn’t want to take the motorway, check out the below two images:
Tyre is available for free. The free version has some advertising as you can see from the below screenshot.
I did end up paying for it as it gives you a couple extra features besides removing the advertising. I am tweaking the route all the time, and will post it up here soon. I have pretty much decided all the places we will go through and which route to take. The next step is to figure out where we will be staying during the trip.