This year, the 20th Annual European H.O.G. Rally will be held at the end of May 2011 in Biograd, Croatia. I will be riding there with Ian Solley of 7Ages Custom Motorcycles. I will be on The Leading Ladies and Ian is taking his Richard II bike, a recently restored 1970 FLH Harley-Davidson.
The route we have planned takes us under the English Channel on the Eurotunnel train, down through France via Reims, Troyes and Dijon before skirting around Geneva and riding across the Alps via Megeve, Albertville and Val-d’Isere, then crossing the border into Italy and riding to Turin, Milan, the Stelvio Pass, Venice and Trieste before heading south briefly through Slovenia and down the Adriatic coast to Biograd in Croatia. What a ride that will be!
Whether we are able to stick to that route depends on the weather as there could be a considerable amount of snow across the Alps and we may need to divert further south to find a warmer route. If we are able to stay with the planned route, it is about 1500 miles from my house to Biograd in Coatia.
The first day we will stick mainly to motorways in order to get as far south as we can, but after that the next four days will be spent riding smaller roads to take as much advantage as we can of the twisty roads through the mountains and rural areas of France and Italy. Overall, we will take 5 days to do the trip, before spending 3 days at the HOG rally itself in Biograd. Neither Ian or I have been to Croatia before, so we are looking forward to seeing what it is like. The coastline we will be riding down in Croatia is said to be stunning.
This is a picture of Biograd....
It should be a great trip!