TRAVEL Q&A

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Q

I’ve bought a GS, a tent and a ferry ticket but have no fixed plan. What’s a good desti­na­tion in France for a first-time Euro­pean trav­eller? I have seven days.

A

There are so many op­tions. You could take a gen­tle me­an­der to Nor­mandy and Brit­tany. You could maybe take some mo­tor­way to help cover the dis­tance down to the Au­vergne or the Li­mousin. If you’re a con­fi­dent rider, de­spite your lack of Euro ex­pe­ri­ence, you could go to the Tarn or Cevennes (see p40). But with seven days, we’d head across the Ar­dennes to the Vos­ges, down to the Jura and back to Blighty through the Mor­van. Find routes at www.ride.co.uk/france17

Q

I keep try­ing to down­load your routes and when I click on the files, my com­puter says they’re empty. What am I do­ing wrong?

A

First, don’t dou­ble-click the files: they’re “zipped” so the one you down­load needs to be opened with a util­ity like Winzip or Stuffit Xpan­der. That’ll cre­ate a folder with the GPX file in­side. Don’t dou­ble-click that, ei­ther. If you use a Garmin or BMW sat nav, im­port it into Base­camp; if you use a Tom­tom, ei­ther put it on a mem­ory card and stick that into the sat nav or get an ac­count at www.my­routeapp.com and up­load our file to that to pre­view it. Then stick it on a mem­ory card…

Q

Can you rec­om­mend a de­cent tent for camp­ing on a rid­ing tour?

A

If you have a big bud­get, the Red­verz Ata­cama Ex­pe­di­tion tent (£539, www.ad­ven­ture­bikeshop.co. uk) is the ul­ti­mate over­land tent, with a garage for the bike and room for two. The Lone Rider Mo­to­tent V2 (£454.99) is very, very sim­i­lar — but at the other end of the scale the Mini­tent (£189.99) is an ul­tra­com­pact one-man crawl-in tent (both www.loner­i­d­er­mo­tor­cy­cle.co.uk). But you may be as well with a nor­mal camp­ing tent: we’d rec­om­mend a two-man, to have space for you and your kit and some com­fort, with­out it be­ing huge. Try the Easy­camp Spirit 200 (£64.99, www.easy­camp.com).

A trip to the Jura makes a great one-week tour

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