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Old 12-11-2011, 03:08 PM   #31
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Day 8

It started snowing while we were having breakfast











Marc, geared up for the wetness



We headed north from Zell am See, then west. The first half hour I was wiping slush off my faceshield; it didn't have to warm up much to turn to rain. We all suffered rain glove failure.
At a gas stop we found some food-service type gloves on a rack by the gas pumps, I think they were for those who were pumping diesel. Putting them on our hands first made it much easier to get our wet gloves back on. Marc had an interesting phrase describing the effect.
I had worn a long sleeve shirt that morning. After my gloves got wet, the cuffs of my Gerbings did also. Then the water wicked up the shirt to my elbows. I guess I hadn't ridden long enough in that combination of conditions to know that would happen. At least I was warm (and it's not like we were riding through rain in Nebraska, I wasn't wanting to trade places with anyone).
We stopped for lunch in Bad Tolz, I had HOT soup and put on a dry shirt. When we left, I noticed there was a small puddle of water under our table.
We made our way to Fusen, where we saw our first dry patches of road for the day. It took us about four attempts to find a motel, the one we found we found was off the highway a bit.
It wasn't quite up to the standards of our other inns (I think it was the only place the bikes sat outside). But it had two radiator-type heaters in the room. I covered mine with wet gear; it was dry by morning.
None of us took any photos during the ride; I took a few from the motel.





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Old 12-11-2011, 09:05 PM   #32
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Talking Wow! Wow!! Wow!!! Wow-Wow...

Jim,

Just LOVIN' this ride, your report and your pic's. I'm totally gung-ho to do a 10-14 day ride out through Colorado and Utah this coming summer, but you've given me inspiration for a ride a year or two down the road. Now I just need to convince my old college roommate, who is from Germany and got me back into motorcycles again last year, to come along and be my Guide...

Riding through the Alps has become a MUST do...

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Old 12-11-2011, 09:32 PM   #33
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awsome rr, thanks for posting
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:52 PM   #34
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Great ride and pictures! Thanks for posting....
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:40 AM   #35
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Thanks guys, I'll try to get the rest rolled out.

Day 9

It may not look it, but we knew the weather would be improving during the day











The highway is over in that direction



It wasn't far to the castle (Neuschwanstein); this is as close as we got



Everybody needs a photo with the castle (I already had some)





On the road again





I had never ridden this 'older' model GS before, in some ways I liked it better than my '05. And great cases btw





We'll be heading to where the snow is



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Old 12-12-2011, 01:35 PM   #36
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from columbia to europe from my desk...

I am reading ride reports on a slow day at work and developing some serious vunderlust. I just read a Canadiens adventures through Columbia, his funky hotels and changing prices and crazy road conditions, then switch to the incredibly clean, gorgeous alpine photos in this tour de Alps. Both are so interesting to me. I love the sweaty and gritty south American adventure but cannot deny the attraction of jetting around Europe in a gleaming BMW while your electric gear works to keep you warm, switchbacks in the Alps to mudslides in the very high mountains of Columbia.......

Thanks for sharing your trip. I think it might warm up enough here in Virginia for a little ride this week. Cheers and can't help but wish I was the 4th in your group.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:37 PM   #37
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Oh yeah, what year is your replacement scoot?
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:48 PM   #38
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Simply fantastic photos. The Alps are on my 'bucket ride' list
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:31 PM   #39
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Oh yeah, what year is your replacement scoot?
I'd like to think I'm something of a gearhead (I knew immediately the first GS was an '05 by the hooped centerstand) but I never asked (or looked on the document papers) as to the year of the replacement bike. I have some other photos of it to examine, can someone provide the changes to look for through years?
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:40 AM   #40
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More Day 9

We soon left Germany and headed to the Arlberg region of Austria












Then we made to where the snow was









We made sure they pulled the keys







Somebody had to throw a snowball



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Old 12-18-2011, 08:22 AM   #41
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Wow! What a stupendous ride. Can you estimate the costs? Of couse, I'll cut them in half when I discuss it with SWMBO.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #42
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We headed to Warth for lunch













Jürgen said that when his parents thought the family should learn to ski they came to this area. He had known the
owner of this restaurant for years. The guy had started in business as a cab driver.



If you're ever in the place, remember to look up at the ceiling. Someone could get a better photo laying on the floor



Wrong door for us





The ski lift was right across the street






Working on a grooming machine



We went below the snow line after Warth, had a few more hours to ride in the Allgäu Alps



We all thought this was a good place to pull over







I took a number of photos of signs like these, a few minutes with a map and I can usually figure out where it is located



We headed north late in the afternoon
There was traffic to deal with around Lake Constance; it was nice to have Jürgen lead us through it.
They trusted me to find the zimmer frei I had stayed in Sigmarszell.
We ate pizza not far away at a place with outdoor seating.

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Old 12-19-2011, 03:04 AM   #43
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So jealous !!!!!!

Lovely story and fantastic pics.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:05 AM   #44
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:32 PM   #45
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Jim - This is excellent! Exactly the kind of Alps adventure I'm thinking of doing 4 or 5 years out. You'll probably be going back right about then, right? Thanks for sharing.


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Oh yeah, what year is your replacement scoot?
From the valve covers, looks like a twin spark of 2003 or 2004 vintage to me.
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