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Brainstorming Map

Here there is a googlemap to share interesting projects/places/actions/camps/etc that you might think biketour could visit this year. This is now really full of great projects but we will always be looking for more contacts so please add to this: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=202614598037844903493.0004b87154a1e6e346552&msa=0

Start details

6-9th July Biketour preparation weekend at Can Masdeu

* (5th July - go to Can Masdeu, set up shade water etc.)
*6th July - Meet at Can Masdeu, cook together, set up camp and get ready for critical mass, leave Can Masdeu at 7pm for to arrive 8pm critical mass, Arc de Triomf (or get ready in calle Princesa)
*7th July - Pimp my bike day (in l'astilla or biciosxs), fiesta
*8th July Possible social day at Can Masdeu, build rocket stove, degrowth workshop, movie screening OR just bt participants day at Can Masdeu
*9th July BIKETOUR BEGINS

For more details visit preparation weekend 2012

Day by Day rough plan

THIS ROUTE IS NOT FINAL, IT WILL CHANGE A LOT!!!

The tour begins on 9th July and ends on 16th September, making 70 days in total 
*(23 days in July, 31 days in August & 16 days in September)

Catalonia

  • 6-9 July Barcelona > Barcelona
Host: Can Masdeu
See: preparation weekend 2012

  • 9 July Barcelona > Barcelona
Host: Kan Pascual - time for last bike adjustments
Activity:
Distance: 20km
Notes:
  • 10-12 July Barcelona > Vallbona d'Anoia
Host: Ca l'afou (perhaps take off a day here and stay a day in Terrassa instead?)
Activity: On the way cycle via LLobregat Delta for EuroVegas Action & Visit Can Rosset, Camille's food coop (?)
Distance: 90km
Notes: Work day 11th
  • 13 July Vallbona d'Anoia > La Llagosta, Barcelona
Host: Can Piella 
Activity: we could try to go to Can Tobella for Lunch on the way? - maybe a bit too up hill for just a short lunch visit
Distance: 60km
Notes: 
  • 14 July La Llagosta, Barcelona
Host: Can Piella 
Distance: 0Km
Notes: Work day
  • 15 July La Llagosta > San pol de mar
Host: Free camp
Activity: Iago - Artist friend of Francois
Distance: 47km
Notes:
  • 16 July San pol de map > Sant Feliu de Guixols(?)
Host: Free camp
Activity: we could do an action at Tossa De Mar against construction if we can contact Naturalists Girona - Not succecuful till now 
*Information about a nice bicycle route through an old train line from  SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS to girona http://www.hyparion.com/web/informacio/turistica/rutesBTT/gironastfeliu.htm
Distance: 54km
Notes: 
  • 17 July Sant Feliu de Guixols > Girona
Possible Host: Kan Kolmo or Kan Rusk (contact through Kan Kolmo)
Activity: Contact with NO MAT strugle and people from the old forest protest site [1]
Distance: 37km
Notes:
  • 18 July Girona > Crespia
Host: Can Prim
Activity:
Distance: 30km
Notes: Invite Nuria to come and join us

  • 19 July Crespia > San Climent Sescebes, Espolla - (need to check the exact place!)
Host: Can Torres - an organic wine farm
Activity: Maybe an action on figueres on the way, 
Market day in figueres, Verd meeting and people share a meal 
Say hi to Can Torrent (Okupa)?
Distance: 30km
Notes:

France

  • 20-21 July San Climent Sescebes > Cerbere
Host:Can Decreix
Activity: work/rest
Distance: 40km
Notes: Food drop?
  • 22 July Cerbere > Perpignan
Host: Francois friend in Perpignan
Activity: meet at Villneuve de la raho lake at 4pm, critical mass to Perpignan, eat together and have some debate
Anti palm oil action
Distance: 50km
Notes:
  • 23 July Perpignan > Sigean
Host: through Kasia in Sigean, Port la Nouvelle area
Activity: Potential anti- palm oil action
Distance: 48km
Notes:
  • 24-25 July Sigean > Minerve
Host: Cravirola le maquis
Activity: RELAX
Distance: 55km
Notes: If we want to stay here then we would need to book and pay, group to decide
  • 26 July Minerve > Béziers (?)
Host:
Activity:
Distance: 50km
Notes: No contacts here yet... 
  • 27 July Bézier > Sète/Frontignan (?)
Host:
Activity:
Distance: 50km
Notes: No contacts confirmed here yet... 
  • 28 July Sète/Frontignan > Montpellier
Host:
Activity:
Distance: 22km
Notes: 
  • 29 July Montpellier > Pompignan (?)
Host: 
Activity:
Distance: 40km 
Notes:
  • 30 July Pompignan > Sant Jean du Gard, Cevennes, La Borie
Host: Potentially La Borie
Activity: finding out about the Cevennes
Distance: 35km 
Notes: if we don't hear back  from them we could go to vallette directly and have a rest day there
  • 31 July Sant Jean du Gard > La Valette, Robiac-Rochessadoule
Host: Potentially (near la vielle Valette)
Activity:
Distance: 35km
Notes: 
  • 1st August Robiac-Rochessadoule > Berrias-et-Casteljau
Host:
Activity: Visit the schoolLe Hameau de bois/la ferme des enfants
Distance: 25km
Notes: if no response could stay at VV longer or move on towards the gorges
  • 2nd August Rest day
Host: Find camping spot 
Activity: Rest day réserve naturelle des gorges de l'ardèche
Distance: 0km/25km (70km between Berrias-et-casteljau and Valaurie)
Notes: Look into fun stuff
  • 3rd August Near Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche > Valaurie
Host: Faisanderie de la Berre(?)
Activity:
Distance: (70km between Berrias-et-casteljau and Valaurie)
Notes:
  • 4th August Valaurie > Avignon
Host: 
Activity: meet the serious bean project :-)
Distance: 65km
Notes: Need to find host
  • 5th August Avignon
Host: 
Activity: 
Distance: 0km
Notes:
  • 6th August Avignon > Arles
Host: maybe Longo mai, la Mas de Granier
Activity:
Distance: 50km (along the river)
Notes: look for a cycle path along the river¨! Les Baux-de-Provence is really pretty says Seb
  • 7th August Arles > Fos-sur-mere
Host: 
Activity: There is a small airport here, possible ZAD solidarity action
Distance: 30km 
Notes: Possible detour via nice park naturel de camargue 
  • 8th - 10th August Fos-sur-mere > Marseille
Host: Velo Marseille workshop collective velo-en-ville
Activity: Possible link to anti - water finacialisation campaign
Distance: 50km
Notes:
  • 11th August - 12th August Marseille > Vaucluse
Host: Longo Mai - Cabrery
Activity: Possible work day
Distance: 65km
Notes: Not cot confirmed whether we will stay here or Eourres for two nights
  • 13th August Vaucluse > somewhere in the middle (Banon ?)
Host: 
Activity:
Distance: 35km
Notes: 
  • 14th August Banon > Éourres
Host: Éourres Village 
Activity: Link with Sens et autonomie
Distance: 30km
Notes: It has not been decided whether we stay here two days or in Longo mai - C. Take a day from here if needed)
  • 15th August Éourres > somewhere on the way to Gap
Host: 
Activity: 
Distance:(120km from Éourres to SLEB)
Notes:
  • 16th August Somewhere on the way to Gap > Somewhere past Gap
Host: 
Activity: 
Distance:(120km from Éourres to SLEB)
Notes:
  • 17th - 21st August Somewhere past Gap > Saint-Laurent-en-Beaumont
Host: L'Ecolieu Tilia & Compagnie
Activity: Help with house build
Distance:
Notes: 

WARNING: WE HAVE NOT LOOKED IN DETAIL AT THE ALPS CROSSING SO THE NEXT DAYS ARE LIKELY TO CHANGE A LOT

Option 1: Cross into val di susa

3 days from Saint-l-e-b, we can either go back south to near gap, or take a northern route towards Briancon check if there is a tunnel from briançon to susa and if there is a way to cross by train (from where?)

  • 22nd August Saint-Laurent-en-Beaumont > ?
Host:
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Distance:
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  • 23rd August ? > ?
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  • 24rd August ? > Briançon
Host: Longo Mai - Chantemerle
Activity:
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  • 25th August Briançon > Susa, Val di Susa
Host: NO TAV
Activity: Action in solidarity with NO TAV sruggle
Distance: 27km from Oulx
Notes: 
  • 26th August Day in Susa
Host: 
Activity:
Distance
Notes: 
  • 27th August Susa > Collegno, Torino,
Host: Mezcal squat
Activity: 
Distance: 45km 
Notes: 

we need to check also bus from bus briançon to oulx (just 40 km) for people that don't feel like crossing the alps)...or if traffic is too crazy...

Option 2: Cross Chorges, Barcelonette, Cuneo

generous 3 three days from Saint-L-E-B to Barcelonette

  • 22nd August Saint-Laurent-en-Beaumont > (Saint Laurent de Cros ?)
Host:
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  • 23rd August (Saint Laurent de Cros?) > (Chorges ?)
Host:
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  • 24th August Chorges > Barcelonette
Host:
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Distance: 
Notes: GPS map
  • 25th August Barcelonette > (Pietraporzio ?)
Host:
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  • 26th August (Pietraporzio ?) > (Madonna dell'Olmo, Cuneo?)
Host:
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  • 27th August (Madonna dell'Olmo, Cuneo?) > Pinerolo,
Host: Casa Gaia
Activity: Environmental think tank
Distance: 
Notes: 
  • 28th August Pinerolo > Collegno, Torino,
Host: Mezcal squat
Activity:
Distance: 
Notes: If we do option two then we would take a train to Susa on 29th

Italy

check bike routes along the Po River

  • 28th August Susa - Val de susa and NO TAV strugle
  • 29st August Susa > Collegno, Torino, Mezcal squat
  • 30st August Collegno > Somewhere near Rocchetta Tanaro (?) too long!
  • 1st September Rest day
  • 2nd September Stradella
  • 3rd September Fidenza (?)
  • 4th September Cavriago (?)
  • 5th September Maranello (?)
XM24 ([2])- big squat with an organic market every thrusday and a nice bike DIY workshop: Amppioraggio ([3])
Also would be nice to link to local productors: [4]
contacts in bologna: "Yuri Foschi (amppioraggio)" yuriski gmail.com, Lorenzo Betti <bettilorenzo gmail.com>, Giamba XM24 Bologna <giumba freemail.it>, ampioraggio inventati.org, Andrea Magnolini <magno_lini yahoo.it>


  • 10th September Bologna > Coop Dulcamara (www.coopdulcamara.it) Ozzano Emilia via tolara di sopra 78
what to see: Ecological farm, biodiversity- bio agricolture- alternative energies

17.4km

  • 11th SeptemberCoop Dulcamara > Cesena (www.tecnologieappropriate.it)Cesena via Germazzo 186
what to see: Ecoistituto di cesena  biodiversity- bio agricolture- alternative energies- library on appropriate tecnologies- bio building- earth oven for pizza

77km

  • 12th September Cesena > Villanova di Bagnacavallo (www.erbepalustri.it)
what to see: Association for preservig traditional jobs and culture

49.6km

  • 13th September Villanova di Bagnacavallo > Pomposa (I can ask to my friend of a spiritual association)
what to see: Abbazia di Pomposa very beatuful church of pelligrin, bosco della mesola (last traditional forest of padana plain)

64.7km

  • 14th September Pomposa > Somewhere near Chioggia

50km


  • 15th September Somewhere near Chioggia > Padova

50km

  • 16th September Padova > Venice via Mestre (only 8km from Venice Venice)
Critical mass with CAT

(http://spiazziverdi.blogspot.it/) isola della giudecca

what to see: association of bio agricolture and democratic participation in Venezia or Mestre, Horti in Padova with people from Reclaim the fields
  • 17th-23rd September Venice
Degrowth conference

Route Maps on G$$gle

The route till now is based mostly on google maps and some information got on the web, they will still change when we get access to proper maps and some parts need to be checked in person (mostly the crossing from Gap to Torino).

easy way on getting BIG printable maps with google maps: http://ask.metafilter.com/101435/Print-A3-Google-Maps

Helpful links and maps

there are this maps that yolanda found out: http://www.cyclingeurope.nl/provence http://www.cyclingeurope.nl/riviera

many bicycle routes and tools to plan a bike route (need further investigation): http://www.provelo.org/spip.php?article2627

and there are GPX and GPD (gps standards) files there, this website is useful to visualize them: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/

The EV8 (EuroVelo Route 8) should be followed and we can make deviations from it to visit some projects and places: informaton on EuroVelo

More possibilities

- Les reencontres Des amis de S!lence (http://amies.revuesilence.net/spip.php?article73) a bit more north from foix, in Loubières, from 9 to 24 july it's a self-managed camp, but besides that there is not much information, they were conected with the Camp Action Climate 2009 in Nantes - sounds great, it was the start of ZAD, but last year information don't look like an active/activist gathering but more a sharing information/workshops - probably 100% in french as it dosen't look like they plan ot make an international call-out

Marseille Water financialisation Youcef's bike workshop, they have plan to host us, we need to link them with other collectives to make a nice action there...


planning - rough maps/distances

* waiting for can masdeu confirmation (it's confirmed 6th to 9th of july)
  * after starting in barcelona we head to visit Ca l'afou - a eco-industrial post-capitalist colony
    * couple of workshops day (in can masdeu or ca l'afou): 
      * rocket stove
      * banners
      * cycling/group safety

ideas to cross the alps

    • We need to count 20/30km per day
    • Near the sea, next to monaco - not so fun, full of tourists and traffic
    • Barcelonnette - at less tan 1400m high seems like the less hard/more fun place to cross
    • Briançon - the one that makes more sense after passing by L'Ecolieu Tilia & Compagni

Group tour which has done this: http://www.adventure-cafe.com/content/Foreignadventure/ForeignAdDetail.asp?aid=1313080422

    • Mont-Cenis, Lanslebourg-Mont-Cenis - a bit high place but it would mean entering italy through vall di susa - needs further invesstigation
would be great if we pass through the vall di susa to understand what the population is defending from destruction...
this forum talks about some nice alps bike crossing routes: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-256527.html
map of france/italy/swiss alps bike-climbs with details: http://www.cycling-challenge.com/map-of-french-and-swiss-alps-cycling-climbs/
http://www.cycling-challenge.com/barcelonnette-alpine-cycling-paradise/

other

just a rough google map to have a distance idea: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=barcelona&daddr=Cerb%C3%A8re,+France+to:Marseille,+France+to:Draguignan,+France+to:Turin,+Italy+to:Bologna,+Italy+to:Venice,+Italy&hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=43.34116,7.492676&spn=6.80715,14.128418&sll=43.29307,6.75822&sspn=6.812512,14.128418&geocode=FY2HdwIdPxwhACn1KO0mcZikEjEwA6Qh4PoABA%3BFQWZhwIdM0owACm3eZ2Skn66EjEgbWcWIYgHBA%3BFeKmlAIdtO9RACkzU9pEQ7_JEjEgApf9pRkIBA%3BFT9VmAId4aViACmX3glziavOEjGgzY_9pRkIBA%3BFQS6rwId9EB1ACnfXO3DDG2IRzHglDxHfeYFBA%3BFW7tpgIdViKtACmVmy6-m9R_RzFBOWB2eDJt3A%3BFeBFtQIdYEa8ACkfb1JTCq9-RzGwX5EVhwkHBA&oq=Ven&dirflg=w&mra=ls&t=m&z=6