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Old 08-04-2014, 07:50 AM   #1
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From Paris to Slovenia with a 1988 R100GS

Hello eveyrone,

It's been years and years I wanted to discover the Alps, but never had the chance to go farer than Grenoble, which is in the very West part of the Alps... So here it is, next week, I will take a 10 days ride through the Alps, from Grenoble to Slovenia.

I will leave Paris 11th August, 8.00 am from the Vendôme Square, and then head towards the so desired mountains range, riding the highest paths in Europe (around 3100m) and the famous pass like Furka or Stelvio.

The only problem I could encounter would be concerning the sleeping places, as I only have a tent and no money planned for hotels. I guess you obvisouly cannot sleep eveywhere.. does anyone of you have ever camped in the Alps / Switzerland ?

Here's the map to make it clear:



I will post lots of photos and a report asap.
If ever there are ADV riders somewhere on my way, I would be pleased to meet them
See you soon !

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:22 AM   #2
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Looking forward to your pics! Sounds like a great trip. Allons-y
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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Great route

Hi,

I think you have chosen a beautiful route. I live here in Slovenia and has just returned from a week journey from us to Normandy and back. in large section using the same routes like your plan.

My suggestions:
Dress well for the high passes
Prepare some $$ for swiss camps
If you come to Slovenia I can offer a free bed and a cold beer.

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Old 08-05-2014, 01:42 AM   #4
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Thank you guys for your encouragements !

Gcustom, must have been fantaastic.. I have a house in Normandie, hope you got the chance to see Honfleur or drink a glass of local cider !

I was ready to spend some money in the swiss camps indeed, sounds like they are quite expensive.

Where are you in Slovenia ? As my schedule is quite short, I did not plan to go far in this country, but would be happy to meet for a beer, thanks.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:11 PM   #5
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Hi

I live in a south-east part near Novo mesto. But Slovenia is extremely small and from the corner marked on your map to me no no more than 2 hours. We can share contact over e-mail. It would be nice to have a chat.

Just for the taste I will try to put a few pic. from our trip.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:53 PM   #6
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Vrsic still in Slovenia
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:59 PM   #7
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first site of Dolomites
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:06 AM   #8
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It looks absolutely fabulous, you convinced me easily ! I will make a extend to see you and more of your country, will send you a PM ;)
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:47 AM   #9
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That is a LOVELY motorcycle!

Have a great ride and definitely hit the Dolomites and Julian Alps in Slovenia. They're some of the best looking mountains on earth.

And the roads....
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:14 AM   #10
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Really anticipating this report! Julian Alps, a big yes! Merci!
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:18 AM   #11
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Flew into Ljubljana several years ago and rented a GS. Rode through Slovenia and into the Dolomites.

Such a good tour!


Have a great ride!
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:59 AM   #12
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In the Alps nobody will bother you if you set the tent in a forest at evening and go away the morning after - the so-called "Bivouac", there are also other low-cost options like sleeping in the Refuges/Mountain Huts that everywhere have communal dormitories (also in Switzerland). Also -at least in Italy- is common to see tents placed outside the Refuges - just ask for permission.

I may have a bunk for you to crash - at my home in Pieve di Cadore, in the heart of Dolomites, and some hints on best routes.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:50 AM   #13
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Again, many thanks to all of you guys !

The Julian Alps, I was not expecting to see them but now that I might go deeper on Slovenia, I will for sure ride them...

Giorgio, that sounds perfect concerning the "bivouac", this is what I wanted to do as I will arrive late during the evening and leave the camp when the sun rises.

I'm still preparing the bike and the luggages, will post a photo soon with the bike ready-to-go !
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:46 PM   #14
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Hello guys, that´s a bit difficult to find time or wifi, here are few bad iPhone pics to show you briefly the major steps since the departure from Paris.

First, a short stop at a friends house to see his great collection, all the XT500 made, on mint condition !


And his GS with mine..


Then lets go to the Alps, where I met other guys with BMW Airhead, so we are now riding to Slovenia together.











Yesterday we did 12h30 of riding, 10h of them were under strong rain, fog, cold wind and hairpins as we rode the Furka pass, Nufenen, and then took the road to Bormio where we are sleeping now. This morning, Stelvio and then heading to the Dolomites !

Thanks for following me, I'll post new pics as soon as possible.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:13 AM   #15
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Les XTs de votre ami sont tres agreable! Et les vues surs les montagnes sont belles! In Slovenia, Lake Bled is very beautiful (nice mountain backdrop) although there are sometimes many tourists.
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