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Forum: Ride reports 11-09-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6,686
Views: 2,047,242
Posted By azorat
Thank you Mark

Mark,
I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of "thank you" that is coming out of this amazing community.
You took us through a fantastic adventure, you made us laugh at some of your funny...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6,686
Views: 2,047,242
Posted By azorat
Hello Radioman! I restrained myself from...

Hello Radioman!
I restrained myself from posting how much I love reading about your travels and your way of doing your phase 3 of your life.
I was sort of afraid of "barging in" and wasting...
Forum: Ride reports 06-18-2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Hello there! So good to be back at your...

Hello there!
So good to be back at your fantastic reports!
Forum: Ride reports 02-21-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,212,027
Posted By azorat
EtronX: if I may ask: where in Italy? I live...

EtronX:
if I may ask: where in Italy?
I live in Trento - relatively near the northern border with Austria. If you are within reach, I would be honored to come and meet you and family (and offer you...
Forum: Ride reports 02-03-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,212,027
Posted By azorat
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8365187056_7e89...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8372/8365187056_7e890e5092_o.jpg

or - with the voice of Mr. Winston Wolf (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCe-w50-Onw) of Pulp Fiction fame:

"Hi, My name is Walter...
Forum: Ride reports 01-27-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2,050
Views: 1,207,334
Posted By azorat
Great RR AntiHero! I have been following you...

Great RR AntiHero!
I have been following you silently, enjoying the pictures and appreciating your comments on your adventures.
Thank you.

About Europe: If in Italy ... drop me a line and I...
Forum: Ride reports 01-18-2013, 11:25 AM
Replies: 4,852
Views: 3,212,027
Posted By azorat
Borscht???? :rofl (You might need to work a bit...

Borscht???? :rofl
(You might need to work a bit more on the pronunciation, or you might get somebody else's order.)

Rod and everybody: great RR - Thanx.
Forum: Day Trippin' 10-28-2012, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,487
Views: 570,404
Posted By azorat
Thumb Good to be able to read about your latest...

Good to be able to read about your latest adventures - and to admire the pictures that you kindly share with us.
Thank you.
Forum: Ride reports 06-21-2012, 12:37 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
The finger used to hold up the carcass of the...

The finger used to hold up the carcass of the V-belt seems to tell a story all of its own.
[By the way: after how many km/years should one replace the belt? you got me worried, as mine has been...
Forum: Ride reports 12-24-2011, 12:58 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Merry Christmas to you all. And to Tage, one...

Merry Christmas to you all.
And to Tage, one of my wishes for 2011 is that I will be able to ride down to Tuscany and visit you and CapaFamiglia
(and the renewal of my offer for you to stop by our...
Forum: Ride reports 12-19-2011, 01:16 AM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 1,513,095
Posted By azorat
Same here: book arrived almost too quickly and...

Same here:
book arrived almost too quickly and I immediately started to read it.
Very good reading. i am already past Indonesia :-)
Congratulations to Nathan for his writing style and for...
Forum: Ride reports 09-26-2011, 12:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 17,211
Posted By azorat
Ciao Miriam! Good to see you are "on the move"...

Ciao Miriam!
Good to see you are "on the move" again.
Thank you for taking us along.

Ciao,
Forum: Ride reports 09-23-2011, 05:17 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 337,747
Posted By azorat
Maggie, I was following the progress of your...

Maggie,

I was following the progress of your group and enjoyed the report and pictures. I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected turn of events.
Keep us posted on what we all hope will be a fast...
Forum: Ride reports 09-22-2011, 12:18 PM
Replies: 2,566
Views: 1,735,855
Posted By azorat
Doug: Is it strapped up on top of the already...

Doug:
Is it strapped up on top of the already rather tall pile of stuff that you are carrying on your rear rack?
Somebody already commented before that vertical clearance in tunnels/underpasses...
Forum: Ride reports 05-25-2011, 01:22 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
The picture posted by Mike reminds me of a...

The picture posted by Mike reminds me of a scientific paper that was sent to
and accepted by a (prestigious) journal with the usual acknowledgments
to the founding agency etc - but also:
"To...
Forum: Ride reports 04-12-2011, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Hello TaSK, Thank you for taking us along on...

Hello TaSK,
Thank you for taking us along on your great ride in Portugal.
After your final-drive and T-junction "stormy adventures", I think that the sailor's maxim "Any port in a storm" applies...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2011, 12:58 PM
Replies: 1,290
Views: 313,218
Posted By azorat
Ciao Miriam! Good to see you are active again...

Ciao Miriam!
Good to see you are active again on the adventure list.
So, a book is in preparation? Excellent idea. I presume it won't be easy, give all the material that you have collected in your...
Forum: Ride reports 10-05-2010, 03:04 AM
Replies: 1,290
Views: 313,218
Posted By azorat
I was one of them! I had the honor to be at the...

I was one of them! I had the honor to be at the "Welcome home Miriam" dinner near her house.
I had my bike parked right next to Miriam's GS!! My bike was duly impressed by her "sister" with labels...
Forum: Ride reports 09-10-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1,177
Views: 591,013
Posted By azorat
Frey Bentos is a character in this book (very...

Frey Bentos is a character in this book (very funny book):
http://www.amazon.com/Reavers-George-MacDonald-Fraser/dp/0307388050/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1284137881&sr=8-1

Sorry I misspelled...
Forum: Ride reports 09-09-2010, 11:54 PM
Replies: 1,177
Views: 591,013
Posted By azorat
If you do, there is a cartoon of a guy sitting in...

If you do, there is a cartoon of a guy sitting in a doctor's office, lamenting his "banjo on his knee problem". I think it applies to Doug as well.

[By the way: from your nickname (Frey Bentos), I...
Forum: Ride reports 09-03-2010, 10:05 AM
Replies: 1,290
Views: 313,218
Posted By azorat
Hello Miriam! If all goes according to plan,...

Hello Miriam!

If all goes according to plan, you (and bike) should fly to Munich on the 8-th. Arriving there I suppose on the 9-th.
Then the road will take you through Brenner pass and Trento -...
Forum: Ride reports 07-14-2010, 04:55 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 19,949
Posted By azorat
http://mikeo.smugmug.com/photos/921876076_pqokS-L....

http://mikeo.smugmug.com/photos/921876076_pqokS-L.jpg

No - I am sure it was used to separate the grain form the chaff, as Viking said.
I actually saw one in operation when I was a kid: same...
Forum: Ride reports 04-17-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1,290
Views: 313,218
Posted By azorat
Ciao Miriam! Bellissimo report. Great report...

Ciao Miriam!
Bellissimo report.
Great report - very much appreciated.
The grilli (crickets) are better left alone, as I like their "gree gree" (cri-cri?): it is a sound of summer that we should...
Forum: Ride reports 01-21-2010, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1,687
Views: 1,973,540
Posted By azorat
Thank you Tony! I wish it were that easy here...

Thank you Tony!
I wish it were that easy here in Italy to obtain multiple copies of a document - and *official* copies to boot!
But I will look into it.
Thanx for the tip.

Also: thank you to...
Forum: Ride reports 01-20-2010, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1,687
Views: 1,973,540
Posted By azorat
Handig over your driver's license to cops

Hello Colebatch:
Thank you for the great RR. I really enjoyed it.
Somewhere in a recent posting, I think you mention that you did not hand over your driver's license to the cops. Instead you gave...
Forum: Ride reports 01-07-2010, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,687
Views: 1,973,540
Posted By azorat
And it looks like there are tracks in the snow...

And it looks like there are tracks in the snow over the ice covering the river itself - to the right of the bridge.
If so, it must have been *really* cold!
But perhaps it is less frightening to...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2009, 02:00 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Bravo! Wonderful report. Very enjoyable. And...

Bravo!
Wonderful report. Very enjoyable.
And I liked reading about "the Italian way" of doing things.
It is always educational to see my country (Italy) through the eyes of a "foreigner" -...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2009, 04:01 AM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 1,513,095
Posted By azorat
Hey Nate: you are no longer "down-under"! ...

Hey Nate:
you are no longer "down-under"!
You can walk right-side-up now :D

Great way of changing the oil in Dot!!! I think you should keep the toothbrush as a permanent fixture on Dot.
...
Forum: Ride reports 09-17-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
The sign reads: Benvenuti, Willcommen,...

The sign reads:
Benvenuti, Willcommen, Benignuts! and it is in
Italian, German, "furlan", that is the dialect that is spoken in the Friuli Region.
Just to get a feeling for the language,...
Forum: Ride reports 09-17-2009, 04:08 AM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 1,513,095
Posted By azorat
Talking Bravi Nat and Dot!

May I add my applause to those that are now cheering you two on the final stretch.
I surely enjoyed this adventure: THANK YOU for sharing.

My invitation to stop by our place in Italy is now out...
Forum: Ride reports 08-31-2009, 01:21 AM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 1,513,095
Posted By azorat
Ciao Nate! Well, I am not in Switzerland, but...

Ciao Nate!
Well, I am not in Switzerland, but relatively close to it.
I live in Trento, a city in the northern part of Italy, where the Dolomites are.
If your route takes anywhere near here, I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2009, 01:13 AM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Ciao TaSK! S. Galgano had been completed and...

Ciao TaSK!
S. Galgano had been completed and had a roof (around 1260). It was doing quite well for about 100 years and then it started to decline and fall in disrepair.
In 1550 they sold off the...
Forum: Ride reports 07-21-2009, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,236,156
Posted By azorat
Or possibly without bikinis!!! Yes -- the...

Or possibly without bikinis!!!

Yes -- the thread has been unusually quiet.
Glenn: all OK there?

Ciao to all.
Forum: Ride reports 12-26-2008, 02:00 PM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
I have NEVER been stopped by carabinieri or...

I have NEVER been stopped by carabinieri or polizia here in Italy (Austria is another story).
So - nobody has ever asked me to inspect my helmet.
In general, if you are behaving correctly, they...
Forum: Ride reports 09-19-2008, 01:59 PM
Replies: 1,085
Views: 333,878
Posted By azorat
Hello Tagesk: I came across your very nice...

Hello Tagesk:
I came across your very nice postings (and pictures!) tonight - just by sheer chance. Great report!!!
I see that your last post was posted yesterday (Thu.) and you were in Venice.
If...
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2007, 11:53 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,236,156
Posted By azorat
Me - part of the F.P. (filthy pig) tribe, could...

Me - part of the F.P. (filthy pig) tribe, could not fail to notice that there seem to be a reddish glow by her right breast.
http://striking-viking.smugmug.com/photos/231932381-XL.jpg
What is it?...
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2007, 11:25 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,236,156
Posted By azorat
Also: I collected the various installments that...

Also: I collected the various installments that Glenn posted and turned them into a single pdf file that I posted (with Glen's permission) at the following URL:...
Forum: Ride reports 11-27-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 7,064
Views: 3,236,156
Posted By azorat
http://striking-viking.smugmug.com/photos/19473957...

http://striking-viking.smugmug.com/photos/194739576-L.jpg

This one - since the photo was slightly out of focus and so she came
knocking to your door to have a better photo taken. :lol3
Right?...
Forum: Ride reports 11-24-2007, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 1,424,826
Posted By azorat
Ah - this is really bad news, as you did a superb...

Ah - this is really bad news, as you did a superb job at putting the whole story together as a single pdf document.
If I can be of any help, I had saved it on my hard disc, so I could print it out...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2007, 12:05 AM
Replies: 1,211
Views: 1,424,826
Posted By azorat
Fantastic reading! Thank you so much for sharing...

Fantastic reading! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.
My congratulations for your attitude and readiness to deal with the unexpected, always with a smile, always with a positive view....
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