Where shall I go? 10-days, December

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  1. DirtyBimmer

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    I’ve got 10 days over Christmas and an itch for a good trip. I’m in Seattle, and not a big fan of riding mountain passes in the snow. I’m also not opposed to putting my V-Storm in my pickup truck and driving to Cali or elsewhere before unloading, skipping any snowy weather. I’m also open to flying somewhere and renting a bike. Where shall I go?
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  2. nickguzzi

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    If you are serious about travelling as far as Europe, then there are plenty of great roads at low enough altitude to not have snow and still have enough curves and altitude changes to keep you on your tows.
    I was down there last year and it was warm enough to sit outside having lunch, albeit with a coat on, but you needed shades for the low sun.
    France is the most tourist orientated country I know with regards to accomodation and food. In winter the crowds are home so some places are talking their holidays, but still plenty left.
    If you want more activity, then Nice is actually more of a working town in parts - there are people there all year working, but also plenty of folks in repose, enjoying the sun and balmy weather because it has its own micro climate. As does that whole Golfe de Lion/Ligurian sea area.
    Menton is also a very bustling place and along with Nice straddle Monaco, and just adjacent to Italy.

    There are plenty of other, smaller, places to use as a base, both on the coast or inland. Cassis, on the coast is very pretty and not too "rich tourist" orientated. Inland there are too many to give a recommendation without more info. Check out the whole swathe south of the mountains, as far up as Orange/Montilimar say. Lots of hills and interesting stuff, cities too - like Avingon which are likely to have rentals.

    As far as bike, I always have my own along, but places like Nice will doubtless have something. Menton too. The streets are totally full of bikes and scooters - which may be far more common to rent. They can be fun to ride and enough to cope with the terrain.
    Before you poopoo the scooter idea as unmanly - just watch the guys and gals throwing them around.

    Southern Spain will doubtless be warmer.
    My SiL is a great southern Italy/Sicily fan. She reckons it gets cold there around December.
    I heard that Greece can get chilly around that time too.

    Have fun.
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  3. glitch_oz

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    Why fart around with lengthy flights and dodgy EU-Xmas weather, brrrrr...for a sweet summer ride without the heat and many of the best roads, sealed or gravel, on the planet ...hop across to New Zealand.
    You'll never ask again what to do with 10 days over Xmas, guaranteed!

    Oh, and for setting the dials properly (with a big smile) book yourself an Air NZ flight, too....forget the US-junkers on those Pacific-routes.
    Plenty of hire bikes from either Auckland or Christchurch....stick to one Island for the few days you've got.
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  4. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    I'm from Europe. I've done some riding in southern parts in November, and another time in early February.. and while somehow do-able, provided you don't go very high altitudes, I wouldn't say it was very enjoyable. December is likely to be worse. Accommodation can be a problem as many cheaper places close for winter. If you wanna try it anyway, stay close to the Mediterranean coast.
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  5. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    With only 10 days I wouldn't take any long flights. I always liked getting out of WA and finding some sun while wasting as little time as possible getting to my destination. My .02 cents, fly and rent in Mexico, the dollar is strong and the people are wonderful. I'm heading to Baja next week for a 2 week ride, it's good to be retired.
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  6. MichaelJ

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    Damn it, Glitch! I'm trying to save money. Stop that!
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  7. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Pfffft....money isn't everything :-)
    Just grab your bags and I'll see you end of this month in Auckland for some extensive backroad exploring of the north of the North Island . :beer
    That's, if you can stand the traveling circus of a half-dozen Aussies :wings
    It's one of the few places I'll trade for the EU / Alps, anytime.
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  8. Learres

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    I would recommend Southern France, Spain, Portugal or Italy :)
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