Now or never: Netherlands to Italy

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  1. MichaelJ

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    Oh yeah - there's also a Swiss rifle range with a 300 meter indoor range near the Brunig Pass. It's in a tunnel with cameras set up so you can see where you're hitting. If you're into that sort of thing.
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  2. nickguzzi

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    The Fern Pass is a main year round truck route. Pleasant enough, if it wasn't for the trucks. And the subsequent A7 is very tedious.
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  3. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Yeah MichaelJ, I saw "Panoramastrasse" and figured it'd be worth getting off the motorway - see pictures from my recent Googlecation (courtesy of street view):

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    I'd like to stop by Meiringen - while I never read the Holmes books, my girlfriend is obsessed with them and I never pass up a chance to make her wish she came along.

    My father lives in Houston and is currently doing battle with Harvey. Thankfully, he's in one of the more elevated suburbs and - knock on wood - his house hasn't flooded...yet. I offered to come home and help him clean up, but instead he's asked if he could fly out and join me on my Euro adventure. So he booked a flight into Frankfurt on Sep 14th and I'm inquiring at a few bike rental places (any inmate recommendations?).

    I will post back with more updates to the route...thanks everyone for the input so far!
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  4. MichaelJ

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    Downtown Meiringen - taken about 6 weeks ago:

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    Wise man, your father.

    Check out Stefan Knopf in Heidelberg - a foreign biker's best friend in Europe. You can get a shuttle from the Frankfurt airport right to his front door. Disclaimer: I've had a bike stored with Stefan since 2009.

    Stefan rents bikes, stores & ships bikes and has a half-dozen B&B rooms on site - my yellow VStrom (now sold) beside my room in July.

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    He makes it very handy - fly in, TLS shuttle to Heidelberg (he can arrange), unpack in your room, drag travel bags down to short-term storage, prep your bike and get a night's sleep to shake off some jet lag.

    Heidelberg's on your route and it's an easy day into Switzerland from there (Autobahn to Swiss border and back roads from there)
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    Since you're passing close by, you can get your dose of good old American viole... folklore here:

    http://www.bruenigindoor.ch/de/

    If you never shot one, rent a STGW 57 !!

    :augiejust saw this option was mentioned already, sorry :fpalm
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    P.S. Moto Guzzi has open house 8-10 of September in Mandello del Lario
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    TexasNate, enjoy your trip and have fun on the TET!
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  9. GiorgioXT

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    Hotels late entry : situation may differ a lot (from easy to hard)
    - France the easiest of all, several hotel chains like Premiere Classe, Formule 1, Balladins even have automated ATM-Style access where you can take the room anytime 24/7 with credit or bank card
    - Italy , receptions and even more hotels that have bar or restaurant are usually open until midnight, people tend to go to sleep much later
    - Germany , beware that some places that have activated the Booking.com option of "very late checkin" aren't really conscious , this spring in the Allgau , having booked late, when I arrived past midnight in a pension wasn't so easy to wake up the owner ... but got the room anyway and the following morning I show him the option in the site preference
    - Austria , apart big city and big hotels very hard to find something open after 19 (in smaller places even have dinner)
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  10. MichaelJ

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    B&B Hotel in Annecy. Wasn't quite sure that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Impressed enough to take a pic.

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  11. nickguzzi

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    All the Ibis flavours I have used (Budget, Styles and Top of the Range, plain Ibis) and Campanile have had 24 hr concierge.
    There are quite a few other national or regional chains of similar standards and methods.

    Getting "somewhere" is so easy in France. As is getting somewhere good to eat.

    I haven't felt the need to use a F1 in quite a while. Getting older means more trips to the toilet - and having to leave your room is not so fun at 2am.
    Tip: get up early and get all your ablutions done and be gone before the crowds clog the shitter and monopolise the (decent - "we have hot air blowers") showers. Don't have breakfast there.
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  12. TexaNate

    TexaNate Been here awhile

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    Everyone, thanks for your feedback.

    This is the week. I'm heading out Thursday morning, and my father is flying into Frankfurt that afternoon. We found him a bike and the hotels have been booked. I've used your suggestions and Kurviger to find good roads, and I'd say the routes are pretty much planned, with a few fun optional detours if we feel up for it. I'm also bringing some camera equipment - we should have a solid ride report for you when we return!
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    Be sure and send post cards and buy souvenirs for everbody at Advrider.
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  14. MichaelJ

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    Should?!

    What do you mean "should"?

    It's mandatory.
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    And he didn't tell us... :(
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    So much for expecting postcards and presents. :dirtdog
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