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TRANS EURO TRAIL TET Dream trail adventure

September 21, 2022 0 Comments

The Trans Euro Trail, better known asTET , is a set of off road routes that cross Europe over more than 51,000 km.

Created by the community of trail adventure bikers, it is a lively and undoubtedly exciting route.

Being able to cross Europe on tracks and remote paths makes the TET a trail adventure with capital letters.

Promoted by a team of volunteers called Linesmen who evaluate and update the routes of each country.

All of us involved in the Trans Euro Trail have the same goal: to enjoy with light trail bikes the rich experience of learning about and exploring landscapes, cultures and borders.

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The Trans Euro Trail® has two arms, one East and one West.

The eastern route travels through Finland, the Baltic states, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria before linking up with the Bosphorus in Turkey and then entering Greece and through the Balkans, Italy and France, where it joins the arm west that has crossed Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France.

TET CROATIA

After meeting in the south of France, the Trans Euro Trail passes through Andorra, Spain and Portugal to reach Tarifa on the Strait of Gibraltar. We hope to add Austria, Hungary and Slovakia to the eastern route very soon.

The objective of the TET is to step on as little asphalt as possible.

The route is challenging in terms of distance and sometimes terrain. It traverses remote rural areas and requires a degree of mechanical and driving proficiency. Difficult sections can be avoided by taking tar detours - that's the adventure, it's up to you!

RISKS

Motorcycling carries risks with which we are all familiar. To these is added adventure motorcycling.

It takes you to remote areas on unpredictable terrain and road surfaces.

Mobile phone coverage may be irregular or non-existent, so the call for help may be limited. If assistance is requested, they may have difficulty contacting you and may incur high costs. Unpaved tracks range from gravel to broken tar, sand, stone, boulder, and grass. Each comes with its own challenges of grip, stability, and unpredictability, all of which vary wildly with rapidly changing weather conditions, especially in mountainous areas.

The physical demands of riding a motorcycle, loaded or not, off-road should not be underestimated. If you drop it, picking it up can be hard work and retrieving it from a hillside, river or quagmire where you slipped can be exhausting. Add to the mix the variable climate in Europe (below zero to 30 degrees and above) and heat, cold and dehydration can affect performance and make a dangerous cocktail when mixed with the complex task of driving off-pavement.

Navigation can be challenging, especially without practicing using GPS or moving maps, on the "wrong" side of the road, or with signs in an unfamiliar script.

Mechanical problems that are easily fixed in one's own garage or back home can become a much bigger challenge away from home in an area with little infrastructure or dealer knowledge.

Local adults and children (and animals!) may be unfamiliar with motorcycles or their capabilities and misjudge situations. Riding standards and discipline vary wildly and often the perception is that "power is right" and little attention is paid to the little guy on a motorcycle. Local wildlife, both domestic and wild, may present risks. Bears and wolves are present in some areas, snakes in others, wild reindeer in the far north, and cattle and dogs are everywhere. Laws and regulations are always changing across the continent, so a trail that contributors thought was legal may now not be. be like this This can lead to conflicts with authorities, communities, landowners or other users, from a look, a shout or a raised fist to arrest, confiscation of bicycles, fine or loss of license.

Sanitation and hygiene concepts and practice vary enormously, and medical facilities may be few, sub-optimal, or distant. The seedier side of humanity can also affect you through theft, assault or fraud.

Keep in mind that some areas of Eastern Europe also have heightened awareness of mobile populations following the influx of refugees, so you may run into desperately poor people or wary authorities. In Bosnia and Croatia the debris of war still exists in the form of uncleaned minefields. Snow, water, and soil wash away and change them, so straying off well-used trails can be dangerous and, of course, stupid.

Does all of this put you off living the dream and exploring the Trans Euro Trail?

Perhaps, but there is nothing new here and being aware of the risks allows you to prepare for and mitigate them. Traveling by land has never been the easy option but, for those who have, the rewards far outweigh two weeks in Magaluf.

TO CONSIDER

  • Make sure you are using the most recent version of Trans Euro Trail available on this website
  • Get fit on a bike, not just fit
  • Have a license to ride a legal road bike.
  • Make sure your paperwork is in order, be it bike, breakdown or medical/repatriation insurance, licenses or passports.
  • Practice a bit to build confidence and competence (and respect for your own limits and those of your bike)
  • Equip yourself properly with the right tires, spare parts, protection, first aid kit, communication devices (and batteries!), luggage, and camping gear.
  • Think ahead and ask yourself, "What would you do if X, Y, or Z happened?"
  • Try to travel in groups of 3 or more (but no more than 5-6 please)
  • Travel with knowledge of the terrain, the surface and anticipating unexpected dangers
  • Moderate Your Speed: It's a Journey, Not a Race
  • Keep yourself and the bike full of fuel and keep those fluids on board
  • If you have a medical condition, please think carefully and see a doctor.
  • Familiarize yourself with your bike, what daily checks you should perform, and how to troubleshoot your bike
  • Ask for advice on the Trans Euro Trail® forum page or on many of the other resources out there.
  • Don't treat the Trans Euro Trail gpx as gospel. Use your common sense and obey traffic signs, rules and authorities.
  • Get familiar with your GPS device.
  • Buy a backing paper map
  • Take safety precautions with your possessions and with yourself.
  • Accept that you own or own your own destiny, safety and protection. Only you can take responsibility for what happens.
  • This is an adventure, not a package tour and there is no one to take you by the hand. Isn't that exactly what we want? By following the simple tips above (by no means all-inclusive!) and planning your Trans Euro Trail carefully. , we are sure that you will live the adventure of your life!

HOW ARE THE ROADS OF THE TET?

Tar, gravel, mud, sand, rock, river and grass. Some are wide enough for a car, but many are single track. It's certainly not recommended for 4x4s to use it; you will find that there are spots where it is too narrow or impossible to turn or reverse.

WHAT WILL I SEE ON TET?

Castles, forests, prehistoric monuments, ports, snow, desert and grasslands. Medieval towns and 21st century bridges. Remnants of the cold war and modern diversions. Horse-drawn carts and flocks of sheep dot the hillsides.

THE MOST SUITABLE MOTORCYCLE TO DO THE TET

The Trans Euro Trail is aimed at small to medium capacity trail bikes such as Yamaha's WR250R and XT600 and XT660Z Tenere, CCM's GP450, KTM's 690 and Suzuki's DRZ400. Bigger trail bikes can tackle it, but riders need to be more experienced and proficient. Soft luggage, traveling light is the spirit: leave those panniers and armchairs at home. This is overlanding in its purest form.

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IS THE TET SUITABLE FOR OTHER TYPES OF VEHICLES?

TET is created by motorcyclists for motorcyclists as a free to download and use route comprised of trails and open roadways that are legal to ride.

The TET has neither the right nor the desire to try to tell people what they should or should not do, but with such a brief design, the feasibility or legality of the route for other types of users such as 4x4 has not been considered. , quads , quads, horses or cyclists. In fact, we know that many of the routes are legally prohibited for 4-wheelers or some are not physically suitable for transporting vehicles larger or wider than bicycles.

We ask that other types of users respect our hard work and commitment and not risk damaging the tolerance and delicate relationships we are building with those along the TET by using it with vehicles for which it was not designed. There are so many tracks out there that we would encourage other user groups to create their own custom routes tailored to their needs.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO THE TET?

Do you have a few months? Many will choose to plan to tour sections over the years; some will try the full Trans Euro Trail. The country pages give an idea of ​​how long it may take to cover each country section. Do not rush. Take time to explore the Trans Euro Trail. Europe has so much to offer that it would be a waste to focus on the destination and cover the miles instead of absorbing the experience.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO THE TET?

The linesman for each country suggests the best time on their country page. The weather plays an important role: snow blocks the way, roads are closed when the risk of fire is high. A dry trail that is easily covered in a day can turn into hard work for many in bad weather. Take a deep breath of the European air and relax. Treat it like an adventure and come prepared for the changing weather.

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WHERE WILL I STAY?

Bring a tent and you will enjoy camping and the real adventure. If you prefer a point of comfort you can rest along hotels and rural houses.

ROUTE AND TRACKS

Take a look at theofficial TE T page which has links to often free electronic mapping sources on the internet. Otherwise, use commercially available maps or paper versions. The forum is a great place to find out the pros and cons of each and how to load and use them.

HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND DOING THE TET?

The Trans Euro Trail is priceless! Free of charge, it is provided with the support of Adventure Spec through the generosity and hours of hard work of contributors and linesmen.

ARE THE ROADS CLASSIFIED BY THEIR DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY?

There has been a lot of discussion about ranking the trails a bit like they do on a ski map: green, blue, red and black, and double black diamond! But the Trans Euro Trail changes with use, feedback and opinion. It would be an endless task to do so.

The bottom line is that it's designed for offroad riders proficient on the type of trail bikes mentioned above. We have no idea about individual drivers ' skills, tyres, bravery, confidence, fitness or the like, so it would be a very subjective view, even if we had time for it. If you don't feel safe in a section, turn around and find another route.

Trip Reports and opinions on the Facebook Group and the Trans Euro Trail Forum will guide you on the difficulty. If you're not sure of your skills, go to a course and practice, practice, practice. You don't need to be a pro, but many are not for beginners. It is an adventure. The fun is in the challenge and the discovery. Independence and exploration.

ARE ALL ROADS LEGAL?

The intent is to try to ensure the Camino is 100% legal HOWEVER laws and restrictions change, laws are inconsistently enforced, and we find ourselves in a climate where off-tar motorized travel often gets a bad rap. and many hope to stop it altogether.

Neither the Linesmen nor the Contributors, Adventure Spec nor the Trans Euro Trail Moderator or anyone associated with the TET in any way or manner can assume ANY responsibility for the legality of the trails and users ride and follow the Trans Euro Trail entirely in your own risk. Any legal issues arising from the tracking of Trans Euro Trail or the information on these pages are the sole responsibility of the pilot.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET IN TROUBLE?

Use the button on the respective country web page to inform the linesman about blockages, problems, gates or diversions. We will then update the TET section for that country and post that we have done so on the Trans Euro Trail social media .

COUNTRIES WHERE TET IS PRESENT

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