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Old 11-16-2013, 08:27 AM   #91
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I had the extreme pleasure of spending two tours of duty at Aviano AB (about 75km north of Venezia). You ARE a lucky bastard

Of all the places that I've been, the Friuli / Veneto / Alto Adige has got to be the most beautiful area on earth. LOVE the Dolomites.

If you haven't been there, GO.

And Darel, looking at your pictures, you've given me a whole list of new places to visit.

Hi MichaelJ

Dolomites are on schedule each year. But still I was not there yet..
Next year for sure.

If I remember correctly Aviano is responsible for Slovenian air defense?
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:12 AM   #92
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If I remember correctly Aviano is responsible for Slovenian air defense?
It is now, but it had a different mission 40 years ago.

I miss my '75 Ducati 350 Desmo monoposto



LOVED that bike.

I paid $1,200 for it new from Fratelli Demarchi in Conegliano. They're still there as a bicycle shop, but no longer selling Ducatis.

I'd ride up to Cortina and over the Falzarego and Pordoi passes and never see another motorcycle. Times have changed.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:36 AM   #93
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That pics before were nice memories, this is a current reality.

Low clouds, cold and wet tracks.



Huts on the mountains are abandoned till spring.



Only the lonely wanderer is still buzzing around there

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Old 11-23-2013, 12:12 PM   #94
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MchaelJ: I found data about your bike. 103MPH on that tyres???



Had to be helluva of experience driving that bike.

Darel screwed with this post 11-23-2013 at 12:17 PM
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Old 11-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #95
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They have the wrong picture. The 1968 MkIII looked like this:



But yes, it was an absolute ball riding it in the Alps. There's a lot to be said for a bike that you can actually ride to its limits. As a friend said, "It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow."
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:56 AM   #96
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To know when to give up

That is it. Final ride this year. Man has to know his limits. I'm not hardcore winter-Sibiria rider like some others here on ADV. Hope next year will be equally or better.

Last try

















Now you know why.........
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:28 AM   #97
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Day off

What do you do when in the lowlands is like this?



And you know that up there is totaly different world.



Go there... of course I even took my motorcycle along..look at the pic..



The pictures speak for themselves





















Breakfast for champions



Some mountain fauna



and...



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Old 12-04-2013, 10:20 PM   #98
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Magnificent photos capturing the majesty of the mountains.

The North American continent may be a different, colder story, but everywhere I have been, winter is just part of the continuum of riding experience. As student in New Zealand's South Island we used to take the odd day or weekend off study and ride up the mountains to go skiing.
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Old 12-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #99
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Magnificent photos capturing the majesty of the mountains.

The North American continent may be a different, colder story, but everywhere I have been, winter is just part of the continuum of riding experience. As student in New Zealand's South Island we used to take the odd day or weekend off study and ride up the mountains to go skiing.
I'm not very keen of riding on icy roads. So bike will have to wait until spring unfortunately.

I accidentaly found very apropriate song for this time of year. Very moody and as I discover later this is just one of many versions of one really old song from our southern brothers. Although many of you wont understand a word, melody itself I think is worth of listening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orOv...e_gdata_player
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #100
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Their season is not over yet

I actually saw few motos there and a lot of scooters. There is chilly at the mornings but still 14-15°C (57-59F) at the noon. I'm trying not to be jealous really trying....

Anyways.. it's just one hour away

Lucija



Portorož





Piran





Even our little dog is having a lot of fun



In short a very beautiful and warm day. Batteries recharged...





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Old 12-10-2013, 07:05 AM   #101
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:14 AM   #102
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:33 PM   #103
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Awesome report from your beautiful part of the world. I agree, everyplace has it's own beauty. Everywhere.
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Awesome report from your beautiful part of the world. I agree, everyplace has it's own beauty. Everywhere.
Agree and thx
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #105
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Firenze and Ferrara

Florence: Do they know for winter at all. I mean, they are riding their small scooters all year round, and some motorbikes too. Place is absolutely crowded with all kinds of them. They have Canadian summer temps right now .



It began with the morning mist



Young couple on the viewpoint



Toscana



And then little sightseeing





Handsome Guzzi



And motorcycle made of wood



Few famous buildings





And other famous beauties



Few galleries nad museums ant that would be it.

Next Ferrara
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