Southern France

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  1. RTLover

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    OK, bouncing off of WIBO's suggestion, I checked out SFR's current deals as well as those of the other two major phone companies. SFR has a phone for 25 euros, including the SIM and 5 euros worth of time. No ups, no extras. Out the door for 25 euros. Additional minutes via cards that are sold lots of places, cigarette shops, supermarkets, etc. Don't think you'll find a better deal. If you are interested, PM me.
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  2. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Any other town or road suggestions out there?
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  3. DinX

    DinX Been here awhile

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    I plan on doing a 9 day trip this august. I'm going to do the Route des Grandes Alpes like somebody already mentioned above. Not far from that route is the next road, pretty cool if you're an all/offroader:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVNzJq70iE0

    The Col de Sommeiller, the highest legal road in Europe. Mind that it's closed friday-saturday-sunday (that's what I've heard). Every second weekend of july there is the Stella Alpina Rally, the highest motorcycle meeting in Europe.

    Google maps link: http://g.co/maps/amj3j

    If you click on Roadbook here and then "Ses variants" you'll find some other "side routes": http://www.grande-traversee-alpes.com/my-journey/by-road/the-great-alps-trail.html
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  4. freelancefoto

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    I loved the Pyranees....We spent a few days whizzing through it a year or so ago. Great and quiet roads...
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  5. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Any roads stick out?
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  6. RTLover

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    It seems that THE road to ride on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees is the N260. It runs from Sabinanigo east of Pamploma virtually to the Med. For some reason, the section from Ripoli to Bourg-Madame is the N152. I rode it last year in late June and was surprised to find that the traffic was very light. I wouldn't say it was a challenging ride but certainly was a helluva lot of fun and for the most part scenic.
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  7. bobobob

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    How does the Ducati traction control work in those cold and wet situations ?
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  8. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    I never had any problems. I was riding two up and not really aggressive.
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  9. Mortis (the Brit)

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  10. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Cool! Thanks:D
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  11. Yojimbo

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    I would suggest, in no particular order 1) Col De Bonette/Telegraph 2) Colle de Cayolle 3) Grand Canyon du Verdon 4) Pellion, a small "hill town" above Monaco 5) Col de Turini 6) Col Angello 7) Monaco, to say that you've been there, and to make a lap (as nearly as you can, because parts are inaccesible) of the Gran Prix course: watch the "do not enter" signs, etc.; there are more cops per square mile than any where I've ever been. 8) Eze, in the hills above Monaco. Once the coffe kicks in, I'll see if there are more suggestions
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  12. DinX

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    Wow, thank you very much. Putting this in my roadbook for the way back of my summer trip :clap

    edit: for the all/offroad riders. Close to Col de Sommeiller is Monte Jafferau

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQAvfBjvzVM
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  13. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Thanks! Waiting for more. I'll PM you more coffee!:lol3


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  14. RTLover

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    Most tourists will approach the Canyon along the highway 952 between Moustiers and Castellane. Nothing wrong with it except for the number of vehicles, especially in the summer months. My suggestion is to take the D17/D19 on the southwest side of the Canyon. Less traffic, and you're closer to the Canyon for a longer time.
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  15. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Any suggestions for Bordeaux area or points in between it and Nice??
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  16. RTLover

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    For sure riding pleasure, draw a box on the map. Top right corner, Montelimar, bottom right, Orange, top left, Cahors, bottom left, Montauban. Smack in the center is the famous Millau Bridge. You have the Gorges of the Ardeche, the Lot River and the Tarn River and Gorges. Push a little to the north and you'll find the volcanic region west and south of Clermont. Drift a bit south to Albi, lovely red brick buildings and river and the fabulous Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
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  17. lhendrik

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    I plotted that on a google map. Very beautiful area, and I plan to ride it on my tour this Spring.
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  18. Otherguy

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    I was in Albi a month ago, and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum was closed, and they said it would be for 3 months. This info doesn't jibe with their website, so who knows. If you do visit the Millau Viaduct, Millau itself is a very nice small city, and if it's your style, there's a nice Ibis Hotel right in the heart. Eat at the Au Jeu de Palme.
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  19. Asphalt Outlaw Hero

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    Thanks!
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