Trans Europe Trail Ideas ???

Discussion in 'Europe' started by Orujo, May 13, 2011.

  1. ghulst

    ghulst Been here awhile

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    In my area of the Netherlands there isn't that much unpaved stuff, but I am really excited about this project, so also signed up for the mailing list. Always happy to help.
  2. jonte

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    Love the idea. I live in south of Sweden, can scout some tracks.

    I´ll spend som weekends working my way from Trelleborg (Sweden) going north. Starts when weather becomes litter better.

    # Legal roads
    # As small as possible
    # Max 150km between fule stop
    # Max 200km between food store
    # Sleeping in the nature
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  3. RedBallRun

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    @jonte - drop me an e-mail on info@transeurotrail.org - sounds like we need to talk!
  4. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    The current state of play (getting on for 30,000km!):

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  5. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    @Blackbert , @Schussboelie , @tommyvdv ,@FinlandThumper , @Prillok , @Ni3ous , @__Antti__ , @pavu_lon , @bigboyxl , @k1322 - if you guys are interested in helping out (if you're not already involved coz I get mightily confused with all the nicknames!) let me know.

    Anyone else?

    The map doesn't show the link from NL down through Belgium to France bypassing the UK (i know some folk don't like warm beer and fish and chips and we'll cater for that!)

    We need to change the few straight sections into "wiggly" tracks!

    We hope to go live on the new website in a month or so and then test riding can really start!
  6. deedledeedle

    deedledeedle n00b

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    could you borrow part of the rolling hobos crimson trail-http://therollinghobo.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Europe-map-copy.jpg-to fill in the blank areas?
  7. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    We've thought about that and have used some of it. The Hobo's one of the team and will be feeding back with more info after this year's trip.
    Romania is now filling up with trail as is Bulgaria. We're not planning to wander too far into Ukraine for obvious reasons ;-) .
    I think the gaps will fill - it's just a matter of time but any contacts/interest is most welcome.
  8. deedledeedle

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    I'd be interested in lending a hard where i can,let me know what I can do.
  9. pingvin

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    Very good idea, hope one day to do the full lap :-)

    But...sure you want to go through Sweden? I like to ride offroad in Sweden, swedes are much more tolerant regarding trail riding (heavily fined in Norway) and loads of trails and gravel roads. And they have the prettiest girls there is (not that you will see any in the woods) :-)

    But those Swedish woods aren't that exciting from a scenery point of view IMO. Except if you really love pine trees or the only goal is to ride as much gravel as possible.

    Norway on the other hand is way more spectacular scenery wise. Not so much in south-east in area where I live but western and northern parts are magic. Could be challenging (impossible?) riding all gravel though (unless sticking close to Swedish border...but then you might as well ride in Sweden). But there are many small roads that, though tarmaced, is very far from main roads. And of course gravel roads as well.

    Up to you, I live here so can see Norway as often as I want, just think sad missing this fanatstic country just because you have to ride gravel. Though do realize that maybe is the point :-)

    Also possible to take ferry from UK to Norway if want to avoid the detour throught Netherlands etc. It is primarily for trucks but open also for others: https://www.dfds.com/freight-shipping/routes-and-schedules/brevik-immingham
  10. RedBallRun

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    Thanks for the offer. Whereabouts are you?
  11. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    Great info. We'd love to include Norway but to that we need folk from there to let us know where to ride and send us some tracks. ...... ;-)
  12. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    I think the uk to norway freight ferry can be a bit difficult. Reports Are that one can get "bumped" at the last moment
  13. deedledeedle

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    I'm living in Denmark,moved here recently from new Zealand. I'm currently without a bike but searching the market:)
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  14. pingvin

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    Unfortunately I haven't done that much garvel riding in Norway except in my local area but will write on forum and see if other can help :-)

    Here are a few links that might help (grus=gravel):
    https://www.mcsiden.no/viewtopic.php?p=229777#p229777
    http://www.horizon-taal.nl/verborgen-schatten/ (in Dutch but you get the point)

    Problem is many of the roads are dead end so not that sutable for round trip sadly :(

    Yes, trucks have 1. priority, that's the downside.
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  15. RedBallRun

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    @pingvin - thanks for this - drooling over the roads on these links! I'll await the results of you posting on the Norwegian forums
  16. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Yes, well replies so far is pretty much as I thought. If you want as much gravel as possible, you should stay in eastern parts and then you might as well ride in Sweden.

    If you want to stay closer to west coast and in the mountains, it is difficult to make a route mostly on gravel. Many of the gravel roads are dead end roads that they use for taking out timber etc and often private with gates (though, normally easy to get around with bike...).

    So if you want to include west coast and mountains, it will be more tarmac but could try to make a route with narrow, scenic roads and include gravel roads where possible. An example of a very nice road is the road to Lysebotn in video below (we were actually by accident there with motorcyles that day when they shot the video). See also link below for some very good roads (but only gravel road is Gamle Strynefjellsvegen as far as I can see).

    Is a route with primarily tarmac of interest or is that outside the purpose of this route?

    http://www.nasjonaleturistveger.no/en

  17. RedBallRun

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    Dirt/gravel/off-tar is the ideal but we are creating a "spine" and see the opportunity to have loops at various points to give people options so curves/views/ferries/fjords on little roads are definitely an option. PM me your e-mail address............
  18. RedBallRun

    RedBallRun Been here awhile

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    We need folk to recce the routes and feed back problems, suggestions, issues - are you up for that?
  19. goreri

    goreri Adventurer

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    This seem to be a good idea! I can help to recce some of the routes in Sweden, even if my bike is a bit big (F8Gs). I'm based in Stockholm.
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  20. Schussboelie

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    Absolutely!
    I think I once registered on the website but never got confirmation, will try again tomorrow!