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Not The 2015 Italian Tour

Planning well under way

As the title doesn't give it away perhaps an explanation is required.

Our initial plan was to travel via overnight motor-rail The Autoslaap from Den Bosch in Holland to Livorno, Italy. This would take us nicely into Tuscany without 1200 miles riding to get to 'The Boot'. A couple of overnight stops were booked, together with the ferry and Le Shuttle, with plans for our bikes together with riders and pillions to meet at a convenient point to be on the train on Fri 18th Sept.

It all went belly up. Autoslaap folded and only offered a train to northern Italy during August, no good to us.
Hotels were cancelled and a new destination sought. The ferry and Shuttle were still an option but a long ride south was not. 2-3 days riding each way to get there and back did not appeal, it was Italy we wanted to see not the bits in between, time for a re think.

France and Switzerland beckoned with the bikes meeting in Vagney, Eastern France in the Vosges region near to the Swiss border. As the ferry couldn't be cancelled without losing the cost and the hotel in Den Bosch also was non refundable, one bike would travel from Holland, using the B&B, the other from Calais, a pincer movement would see us meet up a day or slightly more later.

RIDE magazine had some great routes published for The Vosges region and cicular routes started not far from our proposed accommodation in Vagney, where we had a family contact we are to stay with for a few days, before riding East into Switzerland.

The planning is still being finalised and you'll need to watch this space for updates nearer thd time, starting with the journey out on Thursday 17th Sept 2015, an early start from Harwich & Folkstone for the off.

Posted by Eric_The_Viking 12:58 Archived in United Kingdom

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