Romania 2020

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by ODogs, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

    Feb 17, 2010
    below the sea
    I would refute that tour operators know and use all the best routes.

    They know - and use - routes which are convenient for them. Not to say they use bad routes, but they have to stick to mostly tourist areas because they need tourist facilities like hotels and eateries - and the baggage train must be able to deliver the suitcases and be around for worst case pick-up.

    I have been visiting France on the bike (same one) since 1982 - certain very scenic parts of it in particular - and rarely see another motorcycle, never a group, either "a tour" or just a bunch of mates.
    Around 2000, tourbuses from Czech Republic started arriving. Disgorging lots of avid cyclists (you can tell by the tan lines) they would be out everyday making full use of the little roads. For those that like the exertion and exhilaration, the back roads are as great for cycling as they are for the powered variety.

    A lone bike from Italy did arrive and quiz us about the locality. Notes taken. Another rarity, a smart new BMW GS with all the trimmings - hardly ever see those.
    The following year Italian registered campervans started arriving. Coincidence?
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  2. kantuckid

    kantuckid Long timer

    Nov 29, 2007
    Kentucky-Eastern that is!
    Well put, you win...:D
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  3. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

    Apr 23, 2006

    Fair call...but they have Hobbits growing out of the ground everywhere :D
    When your NZ-urge gets unbearable, let me know.
    2 weeks over there might be just enough to turn into an addict.:clap

    Yo, each to their own.

    There is also a cheap alternative for getting most of the benefits of a guided tour without paying for the guides but staying in the same places and riding the same routes.
    Hire a bike with a GPS and a self-guided tour loaded with all details, names, contacts, pre-booked accom if wanted, pre-booked ferry tickets if wanted etc etc
    Usually around the NZ$150-500 (depending on package content) for a pre-loaded 2-3week trip from nearly all of the dozens of rental/tour companies in NZ.
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