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Old 07-18-2011, 01:01 PM   #31
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I got the tent up and headed over to the reception / bar / shop building to get something to cook. It took a bit of time to get there as I had to pass a lot of interesting bikes and friendly people. So far so good. In the bar I made some new friends Phil (Roastbeef82) Gary and Donnie. Beer was offered and spaghetti ordered. Bike talk began.
Next morning I met Buckles on his 1200GS adv. We had met previously at the Dragon Rally in 2010. Buckles and I decided to take a spin up with Phil and Chris to the Refuge to check out the route for the rally next day. About 6km out of Bardonecchia up a very small road you turn off at this sign.
It supposed to be 26kms to Lago Sommeiller, the top, from here...I wouldn’t be surprised.

Up through the tree line.





Phil in the camo but you can still see him...



A bunch of Honda guys camping here. A nice handy river for cooling off




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Old 07-18-2011, 01:25 PM   #32
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Fairly soon we arrived at the Refuge. There must be a long way to go still.



Campers getting set up. It was to be much busier later in the day.


Romagnola noise pollution at the refuge. Its actually very pleasant and one of the alpine associations you leave with.



It transpired that the route was open and being ridden so....up we went for a looksee





First opportunity we took a photo stop





A Swiss guy, they must be born with a head for heights. It was ok he had his crash helmet on

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:21 PM   #33
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After this climb we crossed a saddle on to the next set of twisties, things getting a little bit more rugged on the corners but no stoppers yet





Eventually we made it to where the snow blocked the road
Here’s Donnie. He dinged a downpipe and had a slipping clutch but otherwise all good


Buckles, we rode all the way up together

Meself of course (fine bike)

After an off piste diversion and riding over an earth bank we reached a wooden fence type barrier with a notice banning any further vehicular progress. We had done it! We joined the other bikers that were soaking up the sunshine and banging water and food into themselves.









some of the machinery at the top


a two stroke twin, havent seen one like this before









A walkabout to check out Lago Sommeiller




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Old 07-18-2011, 08:12 PM   #34
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Yankee, 500CC's of Two Ossa 250's pressed together..sweet...

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Old 07-19-2011, 12:13 AM   #35
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Absolutely stunning T! glad you're back home safe and sound. Keep it coming.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:28 AM   #36
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Hi Terry,

nice to meet you in Bardo, shame our paths didn't cross earlier. I went south (Napoli) after I met you, it got very very hot.

Back now, bike performed faultlessly and returned 42.84mpg. Not too shabby considering the speeds I was travelling at on the way back

Hope to meet you again somethime

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Old 07-19-2011, 05:15 AM   #37
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Nice one Bob and thanks for the sticker, DeeGee good to hear from you, must be too wet for golf then....

Donnie sent me these two pics of myself and buckles going off piste for the last few hundred metres to the finish, cheers mate





Some young Italians having fun on enduro bikes









On the descent I finally got some Marmotte shots, (without anti-tank weapon ). I spotted him and immediately turned my engine off waving Buckles to do the same. He did and got another French guy to stop too. I went into slow motion pulling camera out of tank bag, lens cap off, turn bloody camera on, focus and gotcha!





I have heard them described as just a big rodent which sort of takes the cuteness way. Must get him googled up tonight...
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This fearsome beastie was guarding the doors to the tunnel on le Grand Parapillon when we got there.

They dont half make a 'screeching' sound when you've spolit their day


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Old 07-19-2011, 11:00 AM   #39
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Glad to see that not all Marmottes are armed, fantastic RR Chubby.



This is what would make me go next year....
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Old 07-19-2011, 11:51 AM   #40
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Bob we really need to see a Ride Report from your recent trip.....
Daithi, just do it ....

Going down we met two guys, one with a BMW the other minding a Pan European. Both bikes had lost all engine oil. The BMW had a nice hole in his crankcase whilst the Pan had a smashed oil pump I think. Not the best of places to be stranded, but they both seemed happy enough and had food and water. Pat, the Pan owner had borrowed his mates 800GS to go get help.

The BMW owner seemed unalarmed



There's always time for a bit of craic.Buckles joins the banter.




Pats mate from Tipperary was a long way from home and hoping Pat hadn't just taken his 800GS to the nearest pub!
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:07 AM   #41
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Great stuff Terry. Keep it coming.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:21 AM   #42
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great pics!! I dream of riding there someday.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:17 AM   #43
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Nice report and great pics.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:08 PM   #44
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Great stuff Terry

Love the pictures, the big KTM looks like one of the best bikes for that trip

Hope to catch you on the trails again

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Old 07-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #45
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Great stuff Terry

Love the pictures, the big KTM looks like one of the best bikes for that trip

Hope to catch you on the trails again

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Cheers guys, Louis that climb the enduro lads were doing reminded me of the smaller one in Wales you take the HP2 up. Mad!
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