I'm planning a trip to the Alps next year. It'll be my 40th birthday, I've been recently divorced (sob, sob
) and I'm thinking, why the hell shouldn't I take 2-3 weeks out of my hellish work life to do something like this. Its a pat on the back to myself for not crumbling after the last 12 months. But with this being the first time I have done anything like this, its quite scary thinking it could all go wrong. I'll be taking the Xtourer with me obviously, along with my mate on his VFR1200F. I'm thinking just take the fastest route to get down there as with being in Cumbria, that's a 2 day journey just to do that. I need some guidance on routes along with expected time the route will take, places to stay and any help, tips and advice. I'd like to think that I could plan a days riding and either land back at where we started from because there is another good road/route starting at this destination, or arrive at a new location ready for the next leg of the journey. We both would love to spend a day in Monaco so I guess that should be an aim for location at some point. Should digs be pre booked or is it quite easy to find somewhere to stay at? Risk of theft to bike or luggage etc...... I'd hate to think we've spent all that time and money doing a 3 week trip and it turns out to be a disaster. If all goes enjoyably well, I'd like to think it could be an annual event over 2 weeks.
So, I'm all ears! If you have done the Alps, please feel free to comment. If you haven't, please let me know you haven't but you've heard X route is very good.
Bear in mind, the VFR1200F is coming along too, so no off road sections please.
Many thanks in advance