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long distance travelers!....this way please! :)

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as some of you are aware, I'm planing a tour in Europe for 30-35 days. I did the itinerary my first phase i.e. from malaga (spain) to Perpignan (France) (2500km). I realized that the average daily distance is between 400 to 450km...now I red some of the threads here that it is okay...but I was wondering if it is the case for a 35 days trip!... I have never been on a trip for this long so I'm just afraid that getting tired then changing the plan, start looking for accommodation in remote areas etc...currently I started doing some back up plans (i.e. if I get tired somewhere where can I sleep for cheap...)...it defeats the pleasure of the trip but I think this is the price for a piece of mind trip...
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Hello,

as some of you are aware, I'm planing a tour in Europe for 30-35 days. I did the itinerary my first phase i.e. from malaga (spain) to Perpignan (France) (2500km). I realized that the average daily distance is between 400 to 450km...now I red some of the threads here that it is okay...but I was wondering if it is the case for a 35 days trip!... I have never been on a trip for this long so I'm just afraid that getting tired then changing the plan, start looking for accommodation in remote areas etc...currently I started doing some back up plans (i.e. if I get tired somewhere where can I sleep for cheap...)...it defeats the pleasure of the trip but I think this is the price for a piece of mind trip...
Hello,

I too am going to malaga, but will be driving around Southern Spain. I've never ridden for EXTENDED periods, but I can tell you that 2 years ago I DROVE from Avignon to Nice to Milan and finally Munich and it was exhausting, and that was in a car.

Before that I was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when I bumped into a couple of BMW GS riders and got to chat with them. They started from Vancouver and their final destination was Buenos Aires! At that point they had been on the road for 3 1/2 weeks, stopping only to sleep, eat, and restroom breaks, which in that part of the world was hit or miss in finding one! So off to the side of the roads they went.

What kind of preparations are you doing physically? Are you riding a V? I would be interested in reading about your adventure in Europe. Well, have fun, good luck and BE SAFE!!!!
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in Europe generally there shouldn't be an issue of accommodation ....I just need to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time...

yes I'm riding a V and my itinerary globally is start from malaga then sierra nevada, cabo de gata, valencia, barcelona, pyrennes, nice, mocano, genoa, pisa, florence, valencia, vienna, munich, passes in aples through Liechtenstein, then geneva, then up to Belgium, Netherlands, west of France ( bretagne) down through the west cost until Portugal then back to Gibraltar...no need to say that this is my first long distance trip...it might look too much but in my current point of life I need to breath far away from where I'm and have a peacefull worries less 35 days...

physical training? nothing serious except daily 30 min jogging...eating healthy to loose some weight etc...

when are you planning to be in Malaga? I will be there around 10th of August...
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I've traveled Spain, Italy, France and Portugal and accommodation is very little problem anywhere. If you carry a tent there's always plenty of official sites available.. n my experience Italy is the least easy place to find a camp site, but they are there. Cheap B&B, hotels or lodges are always around.

All of my trips have been unplanned and I have found some real gems at very cheap places. Places that you would be hard pressed to find prior to travelling. The flip side of that is that sometimes you have to take what you can get. A noisy truck stop was a memorable one for the worst reasons.. I once camped in Northern Spain near an old monastery that was beautifully peaceful.. until a convoy of German camper vans turned up and proceeded to party all night.. ho hum! still the free beer made up for the spoiling of the site

Just go for it and enjoy the experience

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Thank you very much for this encouraging message!

I'm planning only cities and towns that are a must and keep all the freedom to chose the when and which route I have already a tent to carry on with me so all good


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in Europe generally there shouldn't be an issue of accommodation ....I just need to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time...

yes I'm riding a V and my itinerary globally is start from malaga then sierra nevada, cabo de gata, valencia, barcelona, pyrennes, nice, mocano, genoa, pisa, florence, valencia, vienna, munich, passes in aples through Liechtenstein, then geneva, then up to Belgium, Netherlands, west of France ( bretagne) down through the west cost until Portugal then back to Gibraltar...no need to say that this is my first long distance trip...it might look too much but in my current point of life I need to breath far away from where I'm and have a peacefull worries less 35 days...

physical training? nothing serious except daily 30 min jogging...eating healthy to loose some weight etc...

when are you planning to be in Malaga? I will be there around 10th of August...
Much earlier than you -May 15-21st. Now you got me thinking about doing a bike trek, but only for 2-3 days. Hmmmmmmmmm.
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Much earlier than you -May 15-21st. Now you got me thinking about doing a bike trek, but only for 2-3 days. Hmmmmmmmmm.
2-3 days only? I would advise Granada-Sierra Nevada-Cabo de Gata...it is the best biking according to this site : http://www.motorbikeeurope.com/en/ro...-de-gata-spain

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Hello,

as some of you are aware, I'm planing a tour in Europe for 30-35 days. I did the itinerary my first phase i.e. from malaga (spain) to Perpignan (France) (2500km). I realized that the average daily distance is between 400 to 450km...now I red some of the threads here that it is okay...but I was wondering if it is the case for a 35 days trip!... I have never been on a trip for this long so I'm just afraid that getting tired then changing the plan, start looking for accommodation in remote areas etc...currently I started doing some back up plans (i.e. if I get tired somewhere where can I sleep for cheap...)...it defeats the pleasure of the trip but I think this is the price for a piece of mind trip...
My LAST trip was Death Valley from Phoenix - 1,501 miles (2430 kms - over 5 days - 486 per day), camping. The one under my signature line was aprox. 13,000 kms over 31 days which worked out to 420 kms per day, and that TOO was camping, cooking ALL meals on a camp-stove! NO problems.



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...If you carry a tent there's always plenty of official sites available.. n my experience Italy is the least easy place to find a camp site, but they are there....
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Jogging is good, but I'd also work in some core exercises focusing on your abdomen and back. Keeping proper posture is key on those long multi-day treks... That and a good kidney belt.


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2-3 days only? I would advise Granada-Sierra Nevada-Cabo de Gata...it is the best biking according to this site : http://www.motorbikeeurope.com/en/ro...-de-gata-spain

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