Love to ride but hate to arrive? Then you are a true biker. It’s only the bikers who really understand that life is all about the journey, and not the destination!
So if you’ve ever dreamed of leaving it all behind and seeing the world on two wheels, then there’s never been a better time, than right now. Don’t forget to pre-plan your foreign currency needs before you burn some rubber and hit the open road. A great option is to get yourself a multipurpose prepaid travel card, which is secure, accepted widely and can save you a lot of money in foreign exchange.
Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned veteran biker, here’s our guide to some of the most amazing, beautiful and outright challenging roads to travel on a motorcycle, from around the world.
1. New Zealand: The Middle Earth Route
New Zealand’s South Island has some of the most exquisite natural landscapes in the world, all connected by over 2,000 kilometres of tarmac. Starting and ending in Christchurch, you can venture north along the Pacific coast until you reach Nelson in the Cook Strait. From that point onwards, the route gets more and more magnificent, and with smooth roads, very little traffic and incredible scenery, it’s almost as if this route was created solely for bikers in mind! Another wonderful stretch is to head over to Lake Mapourika where the road runs along the captivating Franz Josef Glacier and then traverses up to the Aspiring National Park and finally to Haast Pass.
2. France: Transalpine
Travel from Grenoble (France) over the Alps to Venice (Italy) on conceivably the most visited road in Europe, the Transalpine Route. In the summer period, the traffic can seem a tad high and you’ll need to carry a fair amount of spare change for all the toll gates that you’ll inevitably cross. But it’s definitely well worth the effort. Starting off in France, it’s laid out at over 2,400 kilometres, passing France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy. And since this is the Alps, you’ve even got a choice of routes around the mountains. Whichever turn you decide upon, don’t miss the climb to the most famous pass in the Alps, the Stelvio (at over 2,757 m.) and loads of steep 180 degree turns, perfect for honing your cornering skills!
3. United States: Route 66-The Main Street of America
Beyond any shadow of doubt the most famous of all, Route 66 covers close to 4,000 kilometres, connecting the Midwestto the West Coast, winding all the way from Chicago to LA. Along the way, Route 66 crosses Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. In 1985, US66 was replaced by a network of interstates, but to ride on Route 66 is to take nostalgic look back into American history. As you glide past the Art Deco signs and many truck stops, small communities and soak up the changing landscape with your eyes, you’re travelling on what was also the trail for those impoverished farmers of the Great Depression.
4. Argentina: Ruta 40
Immortalised by its role in Che Guevara’s ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, Ruta 40 is to Argentina what Route 66 is to the United States. No other road truly encapsulates the spirit of the country as well as Ruta 40. It’s the longest road in Argentina. In fact it’s one of the longest roads anywhere and the busiest in South America. It twines along 5,300km from Cabo Vírgenes (Santa Cruz) up to Quiaca (Jujuy) on the border with Bolivia. It takes in some sensational scenery along the route because this legendary road runs parallel to the Andes with sections passing byor sometimes straight through, about twenty national parks.
5. Tibet: Rooftop of the world
This is probably the most challenging route of the five that we’re championing, but most serene of all. It stretches over 3,500km from Lhasa to Kashgar. It’s worth mentioning that the road is only covered with asphalt upto about Lake Pangon and it's due to be fully paved soon. The most impressive section is over Dang, which is a pass with the most spectacular views of the Himalayas; you can see five peaks reaching 8km into the sky, including the legendary Mount Everest.
So, pack all your biking gear, and get ready to twist the throttle and zoom ahead.
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