European Alps - The big loop!

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  1. motorradrudi

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  2. motorradrudi

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    Sospel is the day’s target. So... it’s through Comps-s-Artuby and the Col de Clavel (1060m) onto the D2 towards Vence. <o:p></o:p>
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    Then via Grègolieres to the Col de Vence (963m) – a bikeroad par excellence. Good enough to make one turn back and do it again.<o:p></o:p>
    While easy to find the way from Vence to Carros (as we decided to bypass Nice) things got trickier along those tiny and tiniest roads to the Col de Braus. But well worth it, the roads are gems.<o:p></o:p>
    Via Aspremont, Tourrette-Levens and Contes it’s across the Col de Nice (412m) to l’Escarène at the bottom of hairpin-heaven, Col de Braus (1002m). <o:p></o:p>
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    Final pass of the day is the Col St. Jean (612m) into Sospel....with 10 Marks per bend today, we’d all be multi-millionaires tonight. <o:p></o:p>
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    To be continued

    Best greatings
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  3. motorradrudi

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    The Col du Pérus (654m) was followed by the Col de Brouis (879m), Then Saorge, the Gorges de Bergue and Gorges de Paganis and towards the Col de Tende (1871m). <o:p></o:p>
    Rather than the „new“ way through the tunnel, we decided on the old Tende-passroad with its 48 hairpins....and despite the gravel section on the south-ramp it’s an absolute MUST for any rider.<o:p></o:p>
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  4. motorradrudi

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    Down the north-ramp into Italy (sealed) and a left turn just short of Borgo San Dalmazzo to Valdieri. Here a tiny road turns right to Festiona. As used by this year’s Giro D’Italia, the route speaks for itself, the tar painted like a graffiti-orgy.<o:p></o:p>
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  5. motorradrudi

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    After lunch in Demonte it’s across the Col de Larche (or Col de la Maddalena) (1948m) back into France. 17km down the hill is a cut-across to the Col de Vars (2109m). <o:p></o:p>
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    Returning through Guillestre to Briancon, it’s at warp speed across the Col du Lauteret (2058m), Col du Galibier (2646m) and Col du Télégraphe (1566m) to St. Michel-de-Maurianne, looking for a camp site for the night.<o:p></o:p>
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    Which proved a little difficult, as the first attempt finished with a place that was „on the nose“ due to broken plumbing, the 2. attempt revealed a beautiful, new installation which wasn’t quite completed and therefore still closed....<o:p></o:p>
    The final attempt saw us at Modane at the Tunnel du Frejus (the first ever railway-tunnel of the Alps). A nice spot, but too close to the railways and roads (speaker announcements and traffic-noise all through the night), not too loud, but persistent.<o:p></o:p>
    It also turned into a wet night, only the 2. time we’ve had rain (the 3. and last wet night was to be at Reit im Winkel). Next morning Werner and Lothar discover, that they’d put up tents a little hastily, resulting in small puddles. This time around I was lucky...<o:p></o:p>
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    To be continued!

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  6. MichaelJ

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    You're bringing back great memories (and it's only been a few months since my last trip).

    I'd rate the Gorges de Daluis higher than Verdon - Verdon is larger, but Daluis is right there in your face every bit of the way.

    Tende was a high point of my last ride - unpaved passes are getting harder and harder to find. I rode the Finestre a couple of years ago, but understand that it is now closed to motos.

    Have you ridden the Tremalzo?
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  7. motorradrudi

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    Well the Gorges de Daluis has a special flair! The red stones and the small tunnels are looking great - but the Grand Canyon is still my favourite, simply grandiose!

    Yes, but not on this trip!
    The Tremalzo is closed from Tignale! You can go only from the Ledro-valley - but the street is wonderful to drive! Every meter a lot of fun!

    Best greatings
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  8. motorradrudi

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    The &#8222;Dreamroads of the Alps&#8217; continues...<o:p></o:p>
    Via Lanslebourg across the Col de l&#8217;Iseran, at 2764 m (the sign at the top proclaims 2770 m) the highest Pass of the Alps.. (The Col de la Bonette shows 2802 m, but the actual pass, Col de Restefond is a lot lower.) <o:p></o:p>
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    Down the Aosta valley to Aosta and up the Grand Sankt-Bernhard (2469 m) back into Switzerland. Towards Martigny, it&#8217;s a right turn across the Col des Planches (1411m) and Pas du Lein (1656m) to Saxon....despite some missing asphalt it&#8217;s a route well worth riding. The following stretch into Saxon is one of my favourites and I let rip, getting ahead a little, separating from the group, which pissed off Lothar somewhat.<o:p></o:p>
    (To vent his frustration, he made the Buell stand on it&#8217;s rear, nearly flipping it.)<o:p></o:p>
    Instead of turning up-river to Sion and Sierre to Brig, we turned left in town, crossed the main valley to Leytron and Ovronnaz to Grugnay.<o:p></o:p>
    Just short of town the day ended at a quiet camp site, which, above all, also turned out to be one of the cheapest @ 10 SFr/ head incl. Bike. Even the tent-pegs slipped into the soft ground easily and the restaurant nearby didn&#8217;t look too shabby either.<o:p></o:p>
    The evening revealed a significant loss of rubber on Lothar&#8217;s Buell and Dietmar&#8217;s BMW, <o:p></o:p>
    so the search for fresh hoops started by mobil-phone with a call to the ADAC/ Germany referring us to the Italian AutoClub in Milano...resulting in the info that only brand-dealers were applicable. No hope then to get things done in Tirano (see day11) We finally manged to find a tyre-dealer in Klagenfurt, expecting to be there on day14 , Monday 31.07.00.<o:p></o:p>
    Somewhat later than planned, but hopefully the tyres would last until then.<o:p></o:p>
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  9. motorradrudi

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    First up the Rhone valley to Sion, where Dietmar swallowed hard at the prices for a new camping stove.<o:p></o:p>
    Steadily uphill to Anzère, but from here the road was closed, in spite of what the maps told us. No problems....a shortaround got us via Crans to Montana, the views into the Rhone Valley and across into the ice-capped 4000m+ mountains are stunning.<o:p></o:p>
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    Montana is a posh place and accordingly busy, time for the downhiller into Sierre and up-valley via Susten to Visp. <o:p></o:p>
    There’s another little gem lurking here, turning south into the Matter Valley.<o:p></o:p>
    Just past the long tunnel at the start there was only 2 of us....turned out, that Dietmar had received a call on the mobile-phone.<o:p></o:p>
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  10. motorradrudi

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    By the way: If you are in this region, take a step to Zermatt! A very beautiful town and an wonderful landscape! We didn’t had the time, but I show you a few pictures from another holiday:<o:p></o:p>
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  11. motorradrudi

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    On to Stalden then, where a tiny road turns right, signed to Törbel and Embd. <o:p></o:p>
    A steep uphiller with glorious views follows and past Törbel it’s still uphill, the road seemingly leading no-where, baffling for a first-timer. Above 2000m, the Moosalm makes a fantastic lunch-stop location, the views are gorgeous.<o:p></o:p>
    Back via Zeneggen to Visp and Brig and the start of the old Simplon-Pass-Road.<o:p></o:p>
    It’s steep uphill, the road turns off in Ried and isn’t all that long but still a way-better ride than the new Simplonpass (2005m)....with which it eventually merges.<o:p></o:p>
    Here we called the tyre-dealer in Klagenfurt, to confirm all arrangements made for the tyre-change a few days ahead.<o:p></o:p>
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    Through the Gondo Gorge to Domodossola, then towards Locarno and the Lago Maggiore. East via Malesco into the Centovalli, honouring it’s name of the „Hundred Valleys“.<o:p></o:p>
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    Locarno greets us at rushhour and we’re gladly tacking south-west, around the head of the lake to Magadino and Vira, turning left here across the Alpe di Néggia (1395m).<o:p></o:p>
    The road, which returns to the shore at Maccagno, is an absolut delight !!<o:p></o:p>
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    Along the shore to Luino , then left to Ponte Tresa at Lake Lugano, the day’s getting long. Around 8pm we hit the camp grounds along the shore at Agno ....which is NOT a good recommendation anymore (there’s another one only a few hundred meters away).<o:p></o:p>
    The spot turned out very pricey (around 20 DM/ head) and things were very crammed (partially due to high water-levels of the lake) <o:p></o:p>
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    Best greatings from Germany
    Rudi
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  12. motorradrudi

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    Starting around the usual 8.30 - 9.00am, the run through Lugano was quick...crossing into Italy after a blat along the north-shore of the lake, tacking east to Porlezza.<o:p></o:p>
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    Here the rain caught up with us again, time for the wet-gear to come out.<o:p></o:p>
    From Menággio on Lake Como, it’s up the left shore via Dongo and Gravedona to the head of the lake, then north to Chiavenna for a left turn up the Splügenpass (2113m), where the rain decided it had enough for the day.<o:p></o:p>
    The downhill stretch offered itself for a photo-session, getting some great shots of Lothar and Werner through the maze of hairpins.<o:p></o:p>
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    After the fill-up in Thusis it’s off to go to Tiefencastel. After lunch at Surava (the restaurant is right next to the road, very recommendable) the Albulapass (2312m) waited with a surprise...zooming downhill at a great rate of knots were some scooter-riders...the type of foldable scooter with the tiny 3“ wheels.<o:p></o:p>
    First Samedan, then Pontresina on the way across the Berninapass (2328m) <o:p></o:p>
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  13. motorradrudi

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  14. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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  15. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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    and from Poschiavo to Brusio, where the local narrow-gauge Railway does a complete loop, crossing below itself on its way south.<o:p></o:p>
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  16. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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    Turning left in Tirano to Mazzo di Valtelino, where the Passo di Mortirolo (aka Passo della Foppa) (1896m) starts off....another one of my favourites and a definite highlight NOT to be missed. Turning right at the top onto the tiny Passo di Guspessa (1824m), up to 25% drop, the way leads back down into the valley.<o:p></o:p>
    Turn right for the Passo di Aprica (1113m). Werner and Lothar knew the camp site here ...and Dietmar had the dubious pleasure of cleaning out the topcase once more, this time is was the garlic-sauce that’d popped the top.<o:p></o:p>
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  17. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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    Day12:<o:p></o:p>
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    A quick stab east to Edolo then south to Forno Allione for the turn off across the Passo di Vivione (1828m), another superb bike-road, but VERY narrow.<o:p></o:p>
    Not seeing much traffic, the road follows the rock cliff on the way down...very exposed....to Schilpário. <o:p></o:p>
    Here I goofed, taking a wrong turn and we had to turn back in Azzaro to get to Borno and Breno where it’s up the Passo di Croce Dominii (1892m), warp speed fun for a<o:p></o:p>
    Cappuccino at the top.<o:p></o:p>
    Towards Bagolino and about 10km short of town my mirrors were empty...Waiting a few minutes, I turned back just to find Dietmar and the others at one of the bends.<o:p></o:p>
    Dietmar hadn’t kept top the far right and clipped an oncoming car with his left pannier, the bike glanced into the rock on the right, removing the other pannier and crashbar....but luckily body-damage was minimal, nothing apart from a decent bruise on the lower leg.<o:p></o:p>
    The material-damage was sizeable, though...and the police rolled up shortly after for a report, placing Dietmar squarely in the wrong, hmmmm...things certainly would’ve turned out differently if Dietmar had stuck to the far right, but to place the „at fault“ solely on his shoulders at such a narrow road??<o:p></o:p>
    Revisiting the spot a forthnight later I measured the width of the road as 10 feet in total.<o:p></o:p>
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    Dietmar enquiries afterwards to possibly change those findings before a court in Italy didn’t look too promising either.<o:p></o:p>
    Luckily the right pannier was still usable and Dietmar was able to continue.<o:p></o:p>
    Turning right in Bagolino to Lago d’Idro, we turned north to Lodrone for a, by now, late lunch and we decided to quit the day’s riding at Auer, south of Bolzano.<o:p></o:p>
    Going on through the Ledro Valley<o:p></o:p>
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    we turned right before the tunnel leading to Riva di Garda to use a small backroad which sadly finished in Pregásina (beautiful spot).<o:p></o:p>
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    Later I discovered the road I’d been after from a lookout at the opposite side of Lake Garda.<o:p></o:p>
    Despite that, the road is reported to be closed for motorized vehicles, a pity, as it’s a real twister in stunning surrounds.<o:p></o:p>
    Short of Riva di Garda we turned left to Lago di Tenno to get to Ponte Arche and Molveno. <o:p></o:p>
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    Turning right in Andalo (just after Molveno) it’s across to Mezzolombardo and finally onto the Trento – Bolzano main road. Auer wasn’t far off as it started to rain 2km short of the target. Only a short shower though....as we pitched tents in the dry.<o:p></o:p>
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    The well-known hospitality of Paula and Markus at the Camp site was a welcome end to the day. <o:p></o:p>
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    12 day routing:<o:p></o:p>
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  18. motorradrudi

    motorradrudi tourguide

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    Day13:<o:p></o:p>
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    <!--[if !mso]--></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <!--[endif]--><!--[if !mso & !vml]--> <!--[endif]--><!--[if !vml]--></td> </tr> </tbody></table> <!--[endif]-->To recoup some of the time we’d squandered along the way, we decided to to change plans and streamline our route through the Dolomite Mountains, still using the byways and backroads for the run across the Staller Sattel.<o:p></o:p>
    Through Bolzano and up the Sarn Valley, turning right towards the Ritten Mountain, climbing steeply into Klobenstein for the obligatory Cappuccino-Break.<o:p></o:p>
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  19. motorradrudi

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    Via Lengstein to Barbian....enjoying the views into the Eisack Valley along the way. A short left-right on the valley-floor and steeply uphill to Lajen. Then along a narrow but very scenic stretch to Gufidaun and into the Villnöss-valley. Turning left in Sankt Peter and up the Kofeljoch (1863m) followed by the Würzjoch (2004m). <o:p></o:p>
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  20. motorradrudi

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    The Furkelpass (1759 m) was next, after the left turn to Welschen and Zwischenwasser turning right to St. Vigil.<o:p></o:p>
    Dropping into the Puster-Valley it was another quick right-left for the entry to the Antholzer-Valley, with the Staller Saddle at the end of it. We had to make it a bit of a rush, to catch the alloted time-slot for the alternating-30 Minute usage of the single-lane section....otherwise it’d be another hour of wait for the next time-slot. So it was full-steam up the valley and we hit the gates at Antholzer Lake with only 3 Min. to spare to make the Staller-Sattel (2052m)crossing into Austria.<o:p></o:p>
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    A short stop at the top was the start of a leisurly cruise down the Defereggen Valley via Sankt Jakob and Sankt Veit , turning right into the Tauern Valley and the city of Lienz.<o:p></o:p>
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    Iselsberg<o:p></o:p>
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    Across the Iselsberg (1204m) and Winklern to Heiligenblut at the Großglockner.<o:p></o:p>
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    After paying the toll of 230 Austrian Shillings it was up one of the ‚crown“-roads of the Alps, the Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße. The starting rain dropped a little ‚fly in the soup“ as we climbed the Franz-Josefs-Höhe and on the way to the Hochtor (2575m).<o:p></o:p>
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    Franz-Josefs-Höhe and Großglockner<o:p></o:p>
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