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Old 11-28-2011, 02:39 AM   #16
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Very nice.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:40 AM   #17
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Nice. I'm looking forward to more.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:29 AM   #18
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The riding looks great and your photos are even better. I spent 10 days racing around Germany on trains and in a car during the 2006 World Cup, thank you for sharing the correct way to see Germany!
Looking forward to more of your Ride Report!
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:19 AM   #19
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Day 4
There were low clouds as the sun came up





We pulled our bikes out and loaded up



I was suprised that in just a few kilometers the sky had cleared



Me coming up to Bernina



The big picture of the area



We took a break at the pass





I think hangliders land here, though none did while we were there



I failed to get this KLR rider's name, he had about the only set of knobbie tires I saw



I guess the border crossings aren't as serious as they used to be, although this one had a uniformed guy



I had been waiting for this sign



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Old 11-29-2011, 06:27 AM   #20
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Beautiful scenery!! Must have been a jol!!
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:41 PM   #21
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Life doesn't get much better, a day like this and heading to Stelvio






I thought it was fairly busy at the pass, the white line nominally divides a two lane road. I wonder what it
would be like on a weekend in the summer?





The way down the east side



I was only a few turns down from the top when a guy on a middle-weight bike tipped over on an inside curve just in front of me (somewhat like the Laugh-In guy on a tricycle for those old enough to remember, he wasn't carrying very much speed). I was going to stop but he had it back upright almost immediately. I would have thought he would have been pretty well practiced up after 40-some switchbacks
I stopped at (curve?) 133, I knew Marc and Jürgen would be turning around and heading back up before long





It met my definition of a hairpin



This is where I was, for those of you who were walking rather than riding in this area



I continued on a few kilometers, then met my friends heading back up. It was easy to pull a U-turn with so little traffic.
More of Italy







Another border



We stopped in this town while Jürgen checked on a reservation.



I went across the street for a rate comparasion of sorts. I'm sure it would have been a fine place to stay but I was
glad we kept riding to the hotel Jürgen had in mind.
I saw at least six teepees in europe, this is the only photo I got



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Old 11-30-2011, 05:37 PM   #22
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We had a few more roads to run before stopping for the evening








We eventually make our way to Bruneck/Brunico, which would be our base for the next few days.
Hotel Reipertinger Hof, certainly more formal than Stefan's but almost as motorcycycle friendly



The view out the back would please an Iowa farm boy



And if Iowa looked like this he might never leave



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Old 12-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #23
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Day 5
Sunrise near Bruneck






Jürgen took us on some great back roads in northern Italy, a lot of them weren't weren't as wide as my driveway



We stopped here







We were heading south-east toward the Stella Group, I was following behind Marc and Jurgen (my usual spot).
As we were coming into the town of Wolkenstein I heard something of a "bang-knock-knock-knock" and the engine died.
I coasted into a parking lot and looked down and behind me, hoping I had just run over something I shouldn't have.
Didn't see anything.
I hit the starter button.
CLUNK-CLUNK-CLUNK
Gear off, wait for Marc and Jürgen to turn around. I didn't have long to wait. Jürgen asked what was wrong. I thought "alles kaput"
was a good comment but my inflection probably was poor.
It made the same sound for them.
We pushed it further into the lot, Marc and I poked around at it while Jürgen got on the phone (he had the only one that worked
in europe) to Stefan. Eventually we pulled the spark plugs. The right looked ok, the left seemed to have some issues.





Guess which one of us brought a GS911 unit (an aftermarket diagnostic device for BMW's) and a device to display the results?
When you're choosing your riding companions keep in mind that being an engineer is desireable trait.
The only fault showing was the front parking bulb; I had noticed it on the display when it went out on day one.
The Google car went by, it may show us in town.
Stefan called and said he was ready to leave with another bike (it was around 2 o'clock by now) and should meet us about dark.
I think Heidelberg was about 450 km away.
Marc and Jürgen left to hit some more of the Dolomites

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Old 12-04-2011, 12:15 PM   #24
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Day 5







They saw some hangliders



Some old crocks were out



I was ok hanging out in Wolkenstein



Rest in peace



I sipped a beer at the cafe across the highway



It didn't flood when I was there



I was reminded of Arkansas for a moment but this was a little too tidy





Found a hiking path



They were back about 6, we had pizza at a restaurant across the lot. Stefan called before long, Jürgen left to meet him by the autobahn near Klausen. It was dark when they rolled up; I transferred my stuff to the other GS. Stefan made some phone calls, then climbed behind Marc and we rode to Sterzing. Blasting down the autobahn in the dark perhaps wasn't
the way I wished to get aquainted with a new bike.They got out of my sight in traffic a couple of times and I wasn't sure which exit I should be looking for if I couldn't pick them up again. I knew that if I saw Innsbruck I had gone too far. But I caught up again, and we all exited together. We dropped Stefan off at the train station (I think he made his train by about 10 minutes), then headed east to our place in Bruneck/Brunico again. we pulled in about midnight. It was fortunate there were a few beers from the night before left in the room.

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Old 12-04-2011, 03:28 PM   #25
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Day 6
Nobody missed breakfast, we were ready to roll at our usual time



They thought it only fair that I ride what I had missed yesterday. They took me to the "8" around Sella;
we started with Grödner pass, then Sella, Pordoi, Valparolo, Falzarego and finally Tre Croci pass.
My introduction to the Dolomites



















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Old 12-08-2011, 12:11 PM   #26
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I like the goats on the rock.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:52 PM   #27
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Thanks Lb, time to finish the day

Then east to Cortina and Auronzo, where we looped northwest back to the motel













(the waterfall near the road)



Waiting for a train near Innichen



After three days this almost felt like home



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Old 12-10-2011, 03:29 PM   #28
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Day 7

It was raining when I woke up



I've been negligent regarding the meals at Hotel Reipertinger. Our first night there we indulged in an amazingly affordable
seven course meal. It was my first, and woe that I left my camera in the room. I don't know what we missed out on the second night by getting in so late.
Breakfast at Hotel Reipertinger was always buffet style







My first plates



I don't think I ate lunch for the three days we stayed there.
We had seen this couple at all our breakfasts, I was sorry I couldn't converse with them



It was a little misty when we were loading up







We knew the weather was going to deteriorate during the day. We needed to head north or become stuck in it.
I suggested going to Lienz through Staller Sattel, which I had ridden in '08.



I'm not sure what the sign says exactly, but below the summit on the Italian side the road becomes too narrow for two-way traffic, and traffic has to take turns. We had about a twenty minute wait (should have gone back for thirds at breakfast).



There is a restaurant nearby for those who don't want to wait in their vehicle

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:40 PM   #29
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It looked like this in '08, I don't know when all the stickers began to show up





I didn't see this the last time, it was covered with snow then



Not far into the Austrian side





I think she was suprised I had a camera out as I went by





No rush





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Old 12-11-2011, 08:43 AM   #30
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We fueled in Lienz, then headed north to see what kind of weather we would run into



The clouds were getting lower and wetter. We stopped to decide whether to continue over Grosglockner or to detour around. We elected to go over, thinking we would be burning a few euros of fuel if we backtracked, we may as well
spend it instead on the toll. Was 19 euro, up 1 from '08.



I tried to negotiate a lower fare since the weather was so crummy, but she wouldn't go for it.
Jürgen with the toll lady



Here I am on one of the greatest roads in the Alps and I don't take a single picture. At times the fog was so thick I could only see two of
the white lines ahead of me. I became separated from them in some traffic, but by now I knew they wouldn't be leaving me behind.
I caught up not far beyond the summit. At least they took a few photos.







It cleared somewhat farther down the north side









We stopped for soup near Fusch, then continued to Zell am See. I had spent a night there at Landhaus Christa previously. Jürgen and Marc thought I could find it again. Though I think I made them wonder.

(old photo)



There must have been a vintage tractor festival in the area that week, we had been seeing them since coming down the mountain. This batch was parked at our place.



We were happy there were rooms available for us; we unloaded some stuff and then Jürgen GPS'd a loop to the northeast and back to town. Nobody took any photos, but it was pleasant off-the-beaten-path type of ride.
We stopped for supper at an old inn (as in the 1400's there was an inn there). I can remember a happy baby
at a table next to us.

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