The coast road from Paestum to Salerno isn that interestng but after looking at the Greek Temples for a few hours its good to prepare yourself for the rigours of the Amalfi Coast Road.
Avoid weekends, the road is full of local nutters in cars and bikes (scooters as well) cutting all the bends and head on at all times to oncoming traffic. Weekdays its better... more tarmac visible and easier to get the pace up.
Whether the map will show the route accurately is another thing as I was unable to upload a GPX file and there seems no ways to enter mid-route gps locations...
Another Famous Swiss Alpine Pass
Another Famous and spectacular alpine pass joining Switzerland to Italy.
From Bormio take the S42 and then S300 south towards Ponte di Legno. You can go a little further and end at the Passo di Tonale at a mere 1883 metres. On the way you'll pass over oen of the highest passes in Europs and in this area only the Stelvio out does it - The Gavia Pass, a mere baby at 2618m or 8617 feet - N46.3437 E10.4875!
Nice ride rom Bormio to Livigno along S301 taking in the Foscagno Pass (2291m). Pleasant ride and at an altitude to get old carbed bangers wheezing.
This is a dead-end road heading up the Maltatal from the main road. The first part is unexceptional with good scenry. After the toll booth,the road gets better and the icy and wet tunnels that have bends in them are quite spectacular and traffic light controlled during peak hours.
Most of the route follows the south bank of the Danube and is scenic rather than knee scapingly exciting. Loads of view points along the river.
Pretty fast bit of road and a bit of dual carriageway to aid getting past the trucks! Some daft 50 limits in open country designed purely to fill the coffers of the local safety camera outfit to buy new cameras! Otherwise quite interesting and an historic market town a Faringdon for a cuppa on the way.
Should be D49 but on Michelin it has a different number!
Exiting Salzburg on the B1 is a tragic bit of the route but you are soon crossing the border into Bavaria, stay with BS21 through Bad Reichenhall. The road follows the Saalach river and then you arrive back in Austria and the B178. The road is well surfaced and was prone to having too many cops on it when I was there in 2004. The view of the mountains ahead as you turn the corners is fantastic. At Lofer bear left onto ther B311 and head for Zell.
Leave Dunoon north on the main road from the ferry boat, then bear left on the smaller B836 as far as Lake Striven and then on to Auchenbreck. Turn north on B886. All pretty scenic.
Leave Tregaron on Dolecoed Road, this takes you on the mountain road to Abergwesyn and takes in a few fords and also the Devil's Staircase. Not one for the GSXR crowd although until it hits the forests is a good UK style B road. Then the surface does deteriate a bit until after Nant Ystalwyn. Did this track at night on the Welsh National Rally and it was quite scary but the fords were only an inch or so deep even in early May.
The route viamichelin gives you doesn't include the 1 in 5 climbs over the Wurzen Pass! From the start take the S54 towards Kranjska Gora and into Slovenia. At Podkoren take the left turn towards Villach and up the steep climbs over the Wurzen Pass. The downhill is also very steep on the Austrian side. Then it's all a bit bland into Villach.
Leaving Guillestre on the D902 takes you through a narrow gorge, the road sometimes on a bridge to get it through the valley. Some dangerous tunnels on corners where the trucks and buses have the right of way due to their size! It then opens up for the run to Chateau Queyras, a wriggle through the village and then out on the D947 to then make the right turn up the D205T and the Col d'Agnel. This part is more exciting with many hairpins and mad cyclists to navigate! When I went in August 2004 the mist came in quickly from the Italian side of the Col and visibility was down to less than 5 metres, and then it was gone as quickly as it formed. At the top there is an orientation table.
Leave Briancon on N94 heading south, okay road with plenty of passing places and good surface. At Mont Dauphin, take left turn towards Guillestre and then right at mini-roundabout and head up into the mountains towards the Col de Vars (2111m) and the ski resorts then down the other side towards Jausiers on the D900. The cafe at the top of the Col gives a break and photo opportunity! On the way down you pass under two Vauban forts at Mont Dauphin and Fort Tournoux.
Mainly main road route on the N94 with mostly open road and easy overtaking, some decent scenery on the way down to Embrun and the lake at Serre-Poncon.
Once you leave Grenoble on the N85, take the left fork onto the N91 and head eastwards. The route is well marked and is generally well surfaced and wide. On the way you will pass a glacier (La Meije) and excellent scenery plus a chance to go over the Col du Lautaret (2058m) and the option to take a side run up to the Col de Galibier (2646m). I didn't see any cameras but have been told the local Gendarmerie have open season on bikes on holiday weekends in the summer.
The first part of the run along the main B168 to Mittersill is quite good and wide, once on the B165 heading towards the Gerlos Pass and the toll road section it gets much more interesting. The climb after the tollbooths has hairpins whatever you like and a view of the Krimml Waterfall. On the other side the run down to Zell am Ziller is less frantic but still very scenic.
Taking the B3 along the "left bank" of the Danube from Melk (after marvelling at the monastery) gives a scenic ride along the river, with plenty of places to stop and have a break to look at the river and the local scenery.
From St Paul-De-Fenouillet take the signs for the Gorges De Galamus. This is a spectacular road along the top of an amazing gorge. There can be a lot of tourists here but if you carry on most traffic dissapears and you are in a stunning valley, with a very winding road all the way to Rennes Les Bains - a pretty village on a river. This route is quite slow but if you want to get off the beaten track its great.
Leave Isola and travel towards Isola 2000 ski resort. Keep on
From Barham head towards and over A2 dual carriageway. First part of the route to Wingham is quite open with easy overtaking and generally good visibility with smooth corners. After Wingham towards Preston is much the same but narrower. After Preston the road is much narrower with farm exits and good mud in damp weather, plus tight and narrow 90 degree bends. Good pub by the River Stour at Plucks Gutter and small tea-bar at Marsh Farm Animal Sanctuary after river bridge at N51.280986 E1.232094)
From Mauterndorf avoid signs to the autobahn and head up over the Radstadter. The high point is 1793m above sea level at Obertauern. Road generally wide and easy to pass outside peak holidays. Road popular with cyclists and mobile-home (RV) types!
From Stadl take the turn off BS97 in the town and head southeast towards the Flattnitz ski resort. The road is well surfaced and has a few interesting bends. I've done it twice in 1993 and 1999 both times on a GT750 'Kettle', so it was more of a fight for me than it would on a modern superbike or my current BMW GS! You can lunch at the Flattnitz resort before continuing southwards into Carinthia.
From Predlitz head south on the B95 over the Turracher Hohe (1763m above sea level), through the tollgate and up to the cafe at the top for a warm. I have been over it twice in early June and the snow has been piled at the side and it has been cold at the top and once it started snowing. Excellent road all the way, a little bumpy in places. On the south side of the Col it's rough down hill into Carinthia and the right turn to the finish
Once out of Hythe the back roads through Lympne, Aldington, Ruckinge to Ham Street, then Tenterden are pretty good with some decent corners. The road surface in places can be a poor but a decent eye can avoid thw worst. From Tenterden to Goudhurst is a little better with a few villages to slow down through but mostly open road. The fianl but is the A21 dual carriageway and fat but not without some danger from prats in cars and coppers.