Corsica/Sardinia En Moto

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  1. squawk77

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    Corsica was my main destination for this trip but I'd hoped to make it around Sardinia as well if at all possible. I was making good progress so far thanks to the good weather, so I went for it! Sardinia is quite a bit different than Corsica for such a short ferry ride. There are more modern highways and buildings, more tourist resorts and seems a bit more densely populated. There are also many more Roman and prehistoric sites as well from the Nuragic civilization unique to Sardinia. I camped near the coast for a night and then got a hotel room in the capital Cagliari. In the smaller towns it was nearly impossible to find an open hotel in April. I don't speak any Italian besides grazie and prego but it was never really an issue. I love getting a wood-fired calzone (just ensure you pronounce it right) from a random side street for like €3 or 4. As always, the food in Italy is outstanding!

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    Cool location for a football field:
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    They're building a rock fence! :eek1 The rocks went on for quite a distance too! And I thought piling wood was arduous!
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    The little work horse of Sardinia. I met these things everywhere
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    I realized my winging-it methodology usually relies on being able to read the signs though. I must have missed any indicators for Su Nuraxi di Barumini UNESCO site unfortunately as I drove nearby it but I only realized it afterwards. I probably would have enjoyed seeing something like that more than Pisa to be honest. Maybe another time
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  2. squawk77

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    I took the overnight ferry from Golfo Aranci to Livorno, Italy. My plan was now to just hang out and see some of the Italian tourist sites and figure out the best method to tackle the Apls in April. I'd been fairly lucky so far with the weather but now it was quite rainy. Besides that the city traffic was now much worse than I'd been in lately and I started to consider my backup plan. I knew the overnight Deutsche Bahn Motorail would leave from Alessandria that day so I decided to head that way and see what happens. I arrived to see them loading cars and bikes on the train and went in to ask. By the time I got through the lines and figured out the Deutsche Bahn doesn't actually have a desk there, it was too late to load my bike. Ah well, turns out I'd have to ride through Switzerland after all!

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  3. squawk77

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    So I went to find a hotel with WiFi to download the Swiss openstreetmaps for my Garmin from this handy site. The next morning I put on the thermal underwear in anticipation of cold mountain altitudes and hoped that would be enough. I was planning to buy a Klim suit, but I did have Gore-tex boots, gloves, jacket, shemagh and thick kevlar jeans... This area of northern Italy is really beautiful and I hope to get back there again. I was mostly eager to see Switzerland for the first time but leaving Italy was a great ride. Quiet towns, smooth windy roads, lakes, mountains, sun, pizzerias.. what more can you ask for?

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    Valentino himself?
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    At this border crossing, the guard said something in Swiss German and laughed. I'm guessing: "You're going to freeze your balls off!!" And then waved me through without checking anything
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  4. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Corsica is really a magical place, lovely island.
    I've been there twice, 3 weeks each time, and I still want to go again...
    Thanks a lot for taking me back, wanna go there now - tomorrow, naah today. Damn...

    Enjoyed your report, thanks.
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  5. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Nice RR and some how I get the feeling that Alizee has worked in a place or two with a floor to ceiling brass pole...:lol3
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  6. squawk77

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    I already want to go again as well! I met a Danish rider on the ferry from Corsica to Sardinia actually

    Isn't she something? :lol3

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  7. squawk77

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    As I climbed into Switzerland the temperature dropped below freezing. I do have an idea of what dangerously cold feels like from snowmobiling in Canada. When the subzero wind gusts started to slap me around the road, I beheld just how treacherous the Alps could be. I rushed back down to the valley on the other side before frost bite set in.

    Arriving in a small town named "Bitsch", I had the choice to follow the narrow valley to the east or west. Having done no research whatsoever, I rolled the dice and headed east. When I found locals snowshoeing up the road, I conceded that I would have to turn around. Challenge accepted for another day. Later on Google I realized it was the infamous Furka Pass.

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  8. squawk77

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    My last stop on the way home was a couple of old Canadian military bases. What once housed nuclear strike/reconnaissance jets and fighter/interceptors in the face of the Cold War is now occupied by the likes of Ryanair and DHL. The entrance to what is now Black Forest Airport displays a CF-104 Starfighter and the nearby town is known as Kleinkanada (Little Canada) Some of the old hangers are abandoned and spray painted while many of the hardened fighter shelters have been converted to garages and barns. These were the last operational Canadian bases vacated after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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    F-104 Starfighter
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    These abandoned hardened shelters were even used by our current CF-18's. The last CF-18 to leave Germany has a unique history. It was first aborted on take-off and practically destroyed. After 6 years of repairs at Deutsche Aerospace, it returned to Canada with transplanted wings from Australia and a nose from Spain. The same jet had yet another accident in Yellowknife but is still in service today!
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    Same CF-18 on test flight with a Bavarian crest
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  9. Ixheimer

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    Resurrecting an oldie here, but I am old, so I reckon it's OK. I found your more recent Quebec ride report & checked out all the other links, Alps, Morocco etc., and now this one. It's of sentimental interest to me since I spent time at both CFB Baden & Lahr (No RCAF back then) during the "Cold War" days.

    In the back seat of a GTTF T-Bird over CFB Baden behind a flight of probably the most CF104s they could get up in the air at one time back then.
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    Again in the back of the venerable Silver Star over Baden. Actually managed a somewhat focused shot with the old Agfa 35 mm film camera. Steep bank, but fairly low G turn.
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    I too purchased & rode a G/S during my tours in West Germany. Trips not quite as epic as yours though.
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    This is the dealer I purchased the bike from new back in '81. Achern is about half way between the two bases Baden & Lahr. Fallert was one of the few BMW dealerships that was authorized to sell & service both cars & motorcycles.
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  10. squawk77

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    Hi, thanks for the pics and info! I love when others can add some personal history to these threads. I don't think we have ever had that many CF-18s in the air at once either :eek1

    I especially like the old G/S. Wasn't this the original G/S that started it all? If you bought in '81 that would have been the 2nd model year? What happened to this bike, did it make it back to Canada?

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  11. JNRobert

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    Riding AND aviation, the perfect thread :D

    I've added Corsica to the list . . .
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