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Old 07-24-2013, 11:47 AM   #3511
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The guy that owns this moto is NOT trying to over compensate for anything...........only 50cc's

Doesn't say much for me and my 1200

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:52 AM   #3512
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My next stop was Burgundy.
Burgundy was very different than Bordeaux.
First the countryside is more beautiful.
Second the wineries are much smaller in size. Many are just family owned and run. I did't need to make any reservations here but you had to stop by the owner's house and if they weren't too busy, they would show you their wines.
Here is some of the vineyards shrouded in fog

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:53 AM   #3513
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The guy that owns this moto is NOT trying to over compensate for anything...........only 50cc's

Doesn't say much for me and my 1200

Ah yes you also have Kathe,she eliminates all our thoughts on what a 1200cc may compensate for.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:56 AM   #3514
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Riding thru the small villages, you can visit some of the famous names in Burgundy.



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Old 07-24-2013, 12:29 PM   #3515
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The cool thing about Burgundy is that you get to talk one on one with the owner/wine maker. In Bordeaux, that is all but impossible

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Old 07-24-2013, 12:31 PM   #3516
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Or you can arm wrestle over who buys the next round of drinks.........just make sure it is a fair contest. This poor guy had no chance......LOL

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Old 07-24-2013, 03:00 PM   #3517
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Nice! If you come to belgium, let me know, still welcome!
sleep, eat, everything you want!
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:36 AM   #3518
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What brand of hammock did you buy?
I am actually liking the hammock more than the tent these days
i bought a cheap jungle hammock & tarp to try out on the TAT ride next month, if i get some use out of it and my back likes it i'll be getting a nice Hennessey.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #3519
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I went to high school in Stellenbosh, you're going to love that region, a lot of amazing wineries and wines and stunning scenery.
Yes.....South Africa, California and New Zealand are three places that have it all.....can't wait
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:13 PM   #3520
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Nice! If you come to belgium, let me know, still welcome!
sleep, eat, everything you want!
Yes......I am coming the first week of August after Lima and Champagne.
I want you to help me with a full beer report in search of the world's best beer
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:43 PM   #3521
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Once was told, after you drink a few beers made by Belgian monks, you will speak fluent flemish..

After a nite of over indulging, I was ready to become a monk.

How many miles on the rear K60 tire now? You seem to be able to make them last.

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Old 07-26-2013, 07:27 AM   #3522
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Once was told, after you drink a few beers made by Belgian monks, you will speak fluent flemish..

After a nite of over indulging, I was ready to become a monk.

How many miles on the rear K60 tire now? You seem to be able to make them last.

Love their beers but I never could become a monk because I would have to give up sex.
I have over 10,000 miles on the K60's. I put them on in Ecuador. Can you believe that I have ridden over 5000 miles in Europe so far and I have only visited Spain, Andorra and France so far??? Europe is a lot bigger than it looks.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:39 AM   #3523
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Here's the thing about Burgundy.....
Most of the wineries are too small to have their own shop so they go in a buy a shop collectively and sell their wines there. And that was good for people like me so I only had to make one stop to try different wines. But because they are small, they don't like it when you come in to just try the wines without buying anything. In fact, one guy told me....."are you coming to just taste or are you planning on buying anything?"
And another guy wouldn't even let me taste the wines unless I promised to buy at least 3 bottles.
Can't say I really blame them considering they don't really produce a lot of wine to begin with. And I was on a moto so how much wine could I actually carry/









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Old 07-26-2013, 07:50 AM   #3524
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If the wine stuff is boring you, go ahead and skip this page.....I am almost done.
But I find it fascinating.

In Burgundy, there are 3 things to know
First the vineyard the wine was made from
Second the vintage
And third, the producer.

The vineyard is most important.

And these vineyards were classified years ago by the Monks as to which vineyards were best.
At the bottom are the regional wines. They are usually made in the bottom of the valley around the towns.
Next up the ladder are the Village wines. They will have the name of the village where they were made on the label in the biggest letters.
Then comes the Primier Cru wines. These are usually grown up on the hillsides in specific areas where the soils are good for wine making.
And last and best are the Grand Cru wines. They simply the best sites.
And the crazy thing about it all is that the monks have had it right for hundreds of years because the laws have not changed. And I tried wines made by the same producer from different vineyards just a few meters apart and it is amazing how different the wines can be. And as you go up the scale, the wines tend to be better. Sometimes much better.

Here's a picture overlooking the Richebourg vineyard......one of the best in Burgundy

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