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Old 10-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #46
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all good things must come to an end.
Day 10... the last day



Looking out the hotel window we see a clear sky, it is going to be a lovely day!



There's a lot of drama below though. The local farmers have driven a heard of cows into a little roped off area next to the car park. We can't quite figure this out, as everyone is just standing around.



As we are leaving it becomes clear. A cow hauling truck arrives and the cows are getting transported.





We set off for the Furka and do the climb in brilliant sunshine (versus the pea-soup fog of the day before).





the views are breath-taking (and the snow is new)



We don't bother stopping at the top of the Furka, we were just there. Instead we press on to the Grimsel where we do stop to check out the "sculpture".







They have a murmeltier park across the road. Turns out there are just groundhogs.... I wonder if they predict the spring like the ones in North America?





They seem to fancy carrots



The view back towards Gletsch



Time to keep cracking on north



Did I mention it was a perfect day?



Tearing-ass through the Swiss countryside. The pictures don't do it justice.









Just another snap of Michelle & "her" F 800 R (I think it's love)



After the Garmin sent us up a goat trail we found ourselves on this pass. It was the last stage of the 2012 Tour de Suisse if memory is correct.



It is noteworthy that unlike France & Italy where big bike races have gone through, there are no names etc painted on the road leading up here. Everything is "neat & tidy", properly Swiss

I saw a lot of these when I was in England, but haven't seen as many here (probably common, but I haven't been in the right places). They keep cows & other livestock from wandering down the road. Elegant in their simplicity.



Last gas before Moto Mader



Bikes are safe & sound





After the bikes get checked back in, Kurt Mader (the Mader in Moto Mader) drives us back over to the train station. Now we wait.



Kind of tired out. That deflated feeling of knowing the real world isn't that far away...



But there is a bright side. Remember early on I mentioned how hard Michelle works, but there are perks? Hotel Renaissance Zurich awaits!



Sweet!!!



So we get checked in, showered up, and head downstairs for dinner & drinks.

The last day of riding in maps:



Not bad really.. a few passes, some fantastic countryside, and a way we have never been before heading to Aarau.

144 km to finish it up. / about 2500 km total for 10 days of riding.

Now all we have to do is get up in time tomorrow for our flight & everything is golden.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:36 PM   #47
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Great report!!


Ah, the bittersweetness of the last day.......
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:17 PM   #48
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Great RR and video..thanks for sharing it with us! I was in that area in May 2001 doing a trip with a good friend who was stationed in Germany.I was on a his 1984 K100 & Jeff a 1996 K1100RS.We did 12 countries in 8 days.Your vacation / RR makes me want to go back. I rode a 800GS yesterday and liked it..smaller than my 1150GS enough power and more nimble.Your fortunate to have a lady in your life who enjoys your passion..I'm envious! Thanks again.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:20 AM   #49
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WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing a great ride.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:31 AM   #50
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Great report!!


Ah, the bittersweetness of the last day.......
yeah..... more bitter than sweet

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Great RR and video..thanks for sharing it with us! I was in that area in May 2001 doing a trip with a good friend who was stationed in Germany.I was on a his 1984 K100 & Jeff a 1996 K1100RS.We did 12 countries in 8 days.Your vacation / RR makes me want to go back. I rode a 800GS yesterday and liked it..smaller than my 1150GS enough power and more nimble.Your fortunate to have a lady in your life who enjoys your passion..I'm envious! Thanks again.
John... ya gotta go back! and write a nice trip report.
thanks for following along

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WONDERFUL. Thanks for sharing a great ride.
my pleasure / thanks for taking the time to read it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:01 AM   #51
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so now it is time to go home to the real world (or at least to the reality that pays for trips like this).

we opt for the shuttle to the airport (we had braved the tram from Zurich main station on the way to the hotel).

CHF 30 for two coffees and two croissants... ah welcome to the airport prices!



ready to go home? "do you want the truth or a cleverly crafted reply?"



coach bulkhead... so we have a bit of legroom



au revoir / ciao / auf wiedersehen Alps!



the debrief / conclusions.

Michelle loved the F 800 R as much as last year, so that's a big win. I enjoyed riding the F 800 GS a lot more than the R 1200 R I had last year. The baby GS had huge bags, got good gas mileage, and when the road got a bit bumpy (which is rare) the ride was smooth. The seat however is a bit of a plank. I don't recall the R 1200 R's seat being so uncomfortable. That's a very small niggle though. Overall it is a very nice bike! It comes with the BMW socket next to the key, and I had purchased a 3BR BMW socket to USB plug from RocketMoto. This worked perfectly for charging up anything USB and also was where I plugged in the GPS. Nice bit of kit.

Renting from Moto Mader is such an easy process. They picked us up from the train, bikes ready to go, and a place to store the stuff we didn't need (duffel bags & fly home clothes, etc). Rental worked out to about $160 / day / bike. We spent about €25 / day each for gas, and hotel (when not in Switzerland) was running about €70 / night for two (or €35 each if you want to look at it that way). We ate quite well, so maybe another €25-30 each / night for dinner.

I'd say if you budgeted between €200 abd €250 / day you'd have a really nice tour!

The Garmin Nuvi 550 works perfectly well in Europe & makes navigation a bit easier. Pre-planning and loading the GPS with some good roads & waypoints certainly helps but isn't necessary.

Our SENA bluetooth communications are really nice as well. They worked flawlessly in the mountains and were invaluable in urban navigation.

A lot of people look at tour companies, and have a great time... I don't have a problem with that at all, except I can't bring myself to spend the money. My mates will all tell you I am frugal.... I'll leave it at that!

If this report inspires you to do your own Euro Tour then I think that's great. If there's anything you would like to know, routes, GPS files, etc, please feel free to shoot me a mail. I'd be happy to help.

Thanks for reading.

one more thing I forgot.....
if I have a regret about this trip it's that I wanted to get to the area of Pisa & meet TageSK, the inmate here responsible for a lot of the very cool back-roads we traveled in Italy. But, that is OK, that just means that we will have to try again. On my to-do list is a lunch in his garden. So roll on 2013.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:24 AM   #52
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Great ride report!

Where next?
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:11 AM   #53
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Look up 'Frugal' in the dictionary...it will say "See g容g"
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:12 AM   #54
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Fantastic trip!
Yes, I'm inspired to take such journey. :)
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:03 PM   #55
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Beautiful report and photos. When the dirt people talk about global warming I will show them your photos of snow in Sept.
Glad you got home safe and before it got too dark
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:13 PM   #56
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Beautiful report and photos. When the dirt people talk about global warming I will show them your photos of snow in Sept.
Glad you got home safe and before it got too dark


thanks Chas!
happy almost your birthday & thanks for reading
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #57
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Very nice. It is quite possible that we did literally cross paths somewhere.

I enjoyed your report.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:40 AM   #58
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Very nice. It is quite possible that we did literally cross paths somewhere.

I enjoyed your report.

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thanks! I am enjoying yours too! you took some really nice pics considering you just used a phone. I'm impressed.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:42 PM   #59
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nice trip bro, Sandy read over my shoulder too LOL
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:28 AM   #60
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one more thing I forgot.....
if I have a regret about this trip it's that I wanted to get to the area of Pisa & meet TageSK, the inmate here responsible for a lot of the very cool back-roads we traveled in Italy. But, that is OK, that just means that we will have to try again. On my to-do list is a lunch in his garden. So roll on 2013.
Thank you, Sir, for those kind words; I sincerely hope to be able to wield my wine cellar to show my gratitude.

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