So the usual final roundup….
What’s the verdict?
Am still trying to digest this one, (hehe)… it has had some great highs, but incredible lows… mostly I think the bike I chose to take ultimately spoiled the tour, which is a shame. However, I do acknowledge that I am extremely lucky to be able to ‘live the dream’.
and here is the usual breakdown:
Italy x 2
Slovenia x 2
Austria x 2
UK x 2
Total distance travelled – 4271 miles
Ferries – £ 552.87 (including cabin upgrade to Santander and cancellation Bari to Durres, Albania)
Other travel – Eurotunnel – £74
Bike Insurance – My standard Bike Insurance covered me for all the countries I visited, I was planning to add insurance IF I did go to the Stans. I took out special holiday insurance which covered me for motorcycling and off-roading in all the countries I might visit this cost £176.51 for single trip cover
Accommodation – Total cost €915 average €28.60 per night
Food – Don’t know, didn’t keep track of it
Fuel – mostly paid cash… a full tank was around €10 so roughly €15 per day
Toll Roads – Only one.. €10.50
Shopping – myob still
Plökenpaß, Italy to Austria closely followed by Sardinia.. almost everywhere, but especially the west coast road.
Every day was a trial… just dealing with the bike issues, but the riding itself was fantastic, can’t fault the bike on that. I can’t say there was any particular road or place that stands out as awful on this trip…. leaving the port in Sardinia was certainly the worst road surface.
I must mention more than one… definitely all of these are highly recommended
Casa Vera – Allué, Spain – https://www.pescavera.com/en-au/home
Guest House Le Gemelle – Luras, Sardinia – http://www.legemelleluras.it/en/
B&B Venice – Venice, Italy – http://www.bedandbreakfastvenice.it
Haus Blatthofer, Sankt Lorenzen im Lesachtal, Austria – http://www.blatthofer.com
Studio Apartment Ivona – Karlovac, Croatia – horrible area, 11 flights of stairs!
and a special mention for Hotel Silvana – San Marino.. only because of Mr Grumps
Favourite Place Visited
Again have to mention a few places…
KRKA National Park, Croatia
Sea Organ – Zadar, Croatia
Slovenia, especially Lake Bled
Venice especially Burano
Least Favourite Place Visited
Again, finding it hard to decide… not that there were many, just nothing really stands out as awful. I would say probably Czechia, but I really wasn’t there long and didn’t go to Prague or any other key places so feels a bit unfair.
What I Would Do Again
Definitely visit Sardinia, Slovenia and the Tyrol
What I Wouldn’t Do Again
Go on the Himalayan!
What to Remember for the Next Trip
DON’T bloody overpack!!!!
Check the bike fully laden at least a day BEFORE leaving and make any adjustments.