European Bike Week Faaker See 2012

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  1. hadye

    hadye The Pharaoh

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    Thanks Peter for your suggestions, I have already downloaded the GPX file on my PC. Now I am preparing a list of suggested routes that I will choose from while I am in Faaker See.

    So if you spend your holidays often there, will be crazy, if we head for the Dolomites on single day in round trip to the most "favorable" POI by fellow riders. I know for sure that I won't be able to cover it in this trip but at least I covered them :clap
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  2. motorrider

    motorrider Ride as much as you can!

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    Must become a graet ride Hadye. I have been a few times to Faakersee. I always stayed at camping Arneitz.
    It is one big nice show. The road around the Faakersee they convert to a oneway street and the bikes ride whole days around the lake.
    In the village Velden manny bikers are in front of the casino. Everywhere are motorbikes. I always liked it very much.
    On sunday there is the parade with 1000's of bikes and enthousiastic people allong the road. It is realy a graet athmosphere.
    I must say it was always nice and sunny weather, only in the nights it was cooling down a lot.
    Have fun!
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  3. Rudl

    Rudl Panthera tigris alpina

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    Hello Hadye,

    I agree with the suggestion to split the large group into smaller groups if you want to make some progress and avoid being stressed, so maybe you can promote some more of the riders to road captains and security officers :D

    As for route suggestions:
    Faak-Wurzenpass-Kranska Gora-Vrsic Pass-Predli Pass (possible detour to Manghart)-Sella Nevea-Nassfeldpass-Villach-Faak might be an entertaining route for a day. But a word of caution: Some of these pass roads are really alpine and not all are well maintained. Expect weird things like unlit tunnels with hairpins, single track roads, tight and steep hairpins, all of the above at once etc.

    Another route might be
    Faak - Villach - Tarvisio - Tolmezzo (no need for the autostrada) -- Sto. Stefano di Cadore - Sexten (Sesto) - Sillian - Kötschach-Mauthen - Hermogor - Villach - Faak
    This is longer, but stays mainly in the valleys, so less hairpins, but beautiful scenery and you get a glimpse of the Dolomites as well. This might be better on HDs, if you have never gone to the mountains. Maybe start with that and if you feel bored, then see above :evil

    I agree with all the guys who suggested to be flexible according to the weather. But September is usually one of the nicer months. The summer thunderstorms are over and it might be stable and nice weather. You still have more then 12hrs daylight. It could be cool in the mornings, though and there is always a chance of a shower.

    Enjoy!
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  4. Ali in Austria

    Ali in Austria Been here awhile

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    As others have said, September is very pleasant out here as a rule but the nights can get chilly with some frost that lingers in the shade. It can be one of the nicest months of the year to Tour.

    Just be aware of Bike Security at The Rally. There were a significant number stolen there last year.
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  5. hadye

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    It always amazes me whether here in this forum or the other forums that I participate in the amount of help that one can get. In spite of the massive distance that separate us yet every one is willing to give all the help when needed.

    Thank you all again, you have added alot of information to me. I will certainly benefit from it in my expected ride.:freaky

    I didn't find this Predli Pass neither on Google maps nor on my navigator. Is there is another name for it ?
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  6. francs

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    Spelling is wrong it's Predil ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predil_Pass ) .
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  7. hadye

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    started to plot the different routes suggested on the mapsource & Garmin basecamp :hmmmmm added more & more to my confusion, lot of things to do & lot of routes. I will try in the next days to actually plot them on Google earth 7 try to visualize what is best.

    Also, settled my mind on the gear that I might need during this trip, do you have any additional suggestions for what can be small & of a huge benefit?
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  8. Rudl

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    The only thing I can think of is to bring some cash. Restaurants etc. in smaller towns might or might not accept credit cards. There are, however, plenty of ATMs where you can withdraw from your debit card (Maestro) or credit card, so it's no major problem.
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  9. hadye

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    & What about toll roads, need to have coins? Not talking about passes where you pay 10 Euros or more
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  11. Rudl

    Rudl Panthera tigris alpina

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    Toll roads are organized very differently:
    - Italian autostrada (motorway): You usuallay get a ticket at entering and pay at a toll booth, when exiting. There is always a booth, where they accept cash and and will return change. It's signposted accordingly.
    - Austrian and Slowenian motorway: You have to buy a "toll sticker" before (!) you enter the motorway. Those should be available at all gas stations in different durations (for Austria i.e. 10 days, 2 months, 10 year).
    - Special toll sections: In Austria, specific sections of the motorway like long alpine tunnels are subject to an additional toll. There you pay at a booth when entering or exiting and the personnel will return change.
    - Those passes: You pay at a toll booth when you enter.

    So, change is not a problem, At toll booths, it's more of a hassle to get out of your gloves unzip the pocket, find the cash, pay, stow away the change and/or ticket, while a queue is building up behind you, but take the time you need and don't get stressed.

    Where you may need small denominations of Euros is at automated gas stations in Italy. There it helps to have EUR 5 and 10 bills. The procedure is usually posted at the station.
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  12. alicethomas

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    France like Italy. Pull your ticket or they will charge you for the furthest possible distance!
    Germany: No toll roads (except very few private roads like Roßfeld-Höhenringstrasse). Highway ("Autobahn") is free and posted in blue (like in Austria - but as mentioned with toll/"Vignette" [available for several periods - 10 days or more]).
    Caution: Switzerland has green (not blue as in EU-countries) signs for Autobahn (Vignette for 1 year mandatory). No additional tolls even for the most spectatcular passes. But like in Germany a few private roads.
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  13. hadye

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    Just an Update , I am now in the process of issuing Visas for both UK & Schengen. Being the most stayed country , I will issue the Schengen from Austrian embassy. Had a friendly talk with the responsible lady here & I hope everything will be OK.

    As for the ride, I bought a brand new bike that can use as a touring cruiser well at least for n HD. Insurance has been made, booking of different accommodation as well as Faaker See has been taken off & shipping of the bikes shall be in the beginning of August.

    :clap
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  14. hadye

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    Needed to inquire about something, is cigar & cigarettes allowed through customs in England & France ( my first entry to Schengen)? I mean the limit , how many packets or cigars?


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  15. hadye

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    As I am making the final touches & getting everything together, I thought of preparing a route to get me through Nockalmstraße & Grossglockner. I know it may be crazy, but what do you expect from some one who has a new bike, his beautiful lady with him & a good company to do this. It is the adrenaline rush.

    Here is a link to a preliminary route, need your help guys if there is any point to add or omit (traffic or nothing to see).

    Can you help as always?

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=204765495884399427353.0004c2a842e89dbb10460
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  16. alicethomas

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    Your link shows a map of USA!?
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  17. hadye

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    OK I edited the link
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  18. alicethomas

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    Edelweißspitze (a mountain top and the highest street point, excellent panorama, very short side trip) and Franz-Josephs-Höhe (very scenic view to the highest mountain Großglockner itself and the big glacier Pasterze, short side trip) is missing.
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  19. hadye

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    I spot Edelweißspitze & added to the route but Franz-Josephs-Höhe seems to be about 100 KM to the right of Nockalmstrasse & will extend the route approximately 2 hours.

    My plan is to make this route in one day & return back to faaker see at night

    I am trying to upload the gpx file but I don't know how
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