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Old 10-06-2011, 08:24 AM   #31
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Crashburnfly- Thanks for sharing such an absolutely mesmerizing & nostalgic adventure.
Your dad seemed a real hardcore adventure rider & trust the same genes runs in you
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:47 AM   #32
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I can imagine what adventure it was! Great!
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:57 AM   #33
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Amazing! My Da, remained in Europe after the war on occupation duty till 1948. He and his friends racked up the miles on "liberated" BMW's and NSU's. I think I have some photos somewhere.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:24 AM   #34
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Around Europe in 1953

Thanks for all your kind comments and when I have a few hours spare I will start to put on the internet the pics from the 10+ other trips from the 40's and 50's that my Dad did. On Tuesday the current owner of the Brough SS100 that is in the pics rode it around to my house and we went for a spin on it! - surprisingly quick for a 70+ year old bike and c60 years since my father last rode it. A wonderful moment. My last proper jaunt was last year on the least suitable touring bike... a Ducati 888SP with full race motor - a 3k miles blat across Europe to Tuscany and back via N Italy, Switzerland and the finest D roads France can offer. Sadly the pics I took of that trip are hopeless compared to my fathers - they obviously took the time to think about them. Thanks for the welcome to ADV and I will post some more pics when I find the time to scan them all in, regards Paul.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:19 AM   #35
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Yes, please do! Its always nice to read of how our forefathers went on trips and enjoyed themselves on motorbikes.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:40 AM   #36
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What wonderful memories of your Father to share with us Paul.

I thank you for doing so, it was a wonderful trip with great photography to boot and if you are kind enough I would love to see more.

Cheers, Craig
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Old 10-07-2011, 11:02 AM   #37
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Old 10-07-2011, 01:23 PM   #38
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Thank You.
That was pretty neat.

I was on the Grossglokner last week.
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:04 PM   #39
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Old 10-07-2011, 02:05 PM   #40
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Fanbloodytastic , I love it when someone keeps detailed records and photo's and they come to light years later. If you have any more please don't hesitate to post. And a big thank you
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:08 PM   #41
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"So my 70+ year old father had just done 160mph on the Alton bypass! Mum was not amused, though dad clearly was and had a cigar and a beer to celebrate..."

Awesome! That is one of my favorite parts!

Great report and great pictures!
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2008 - DC to Panamá
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:34 PM   #42
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:41 PM   #43
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Smashing pics!!!!

Welcome to ADVrider Paul!!!

Great pics and a beauty to behold. Many thanks for posting them and sharing such a personal treasure!!. My hat is off to your dad for that adventuresome spirit and his ability to continue to ride at 87 years young. TON UP+++ on your Ducati 888 in MPH at 70+ years....WOW!! I want what he's taking!!

My uncle Nick bought a Harley in San Diego, CA after being discharged from the Navy after WW II. He rode it from California back to his hometown in North Carolina. He didn't take any photos, but the images of that trip were indelibly etched in his mind. I only learned of this after purchasing my first mount, a '73 Honda CB350, at age 17. I loved listening about his adventure and only wish he had taken photos like your dad.

Interestingly enough, I took a similar trip just this past May. I'm sure you'll recognize this photo.

....and St. Moritz

You can see more photos of Lake Constance, Chur, Zernez, Grossglockner, etc, etc and see how they have changed since 1953 on my post below. Looking forward to your next post and more awesome photos....George

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Old 10-07-2011, 04:05 PM   #44
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Thank you for sharing this story.
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:58 PM   #45
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Fantastic trip back into history!

I don't get on this site much anymore, but had to add my thanks for taking the time to share the photos and information about your father's motorcycles and early adventures. I know he must be proud that you cared enough
to take the time and effort to publish his story. I hope my son will do the same one day.

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