France: A 1200GS trip to Nice following the river Var

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  1. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    I did a little trip this week end to visit some friends.
    But as the weather was fantastic and as I didn't wish to take the highway, I took a little shortcut of mine :D
    And I drew my path following the river Var from its point of origin till its end.
    Here is a map

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  2. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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    Where are the pics ? :deal

    Good to see a report from you mate :thumb :freaky
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  3. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    :D... on their way.... still uploading them... but this damned system started from the last one to the first... So I have to wait for the whole process to end....
    okay, okay, I'm left handed.
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  4. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    I didn't take much pictures of my area...
    I know it too well so I don't think about stopping for a pict....
    So my first stop was in the village of Gordes, north west of Cavaillon.
    Very nice place. I knew the place already, my sis rent a house for summer holidays.

    [​IMG]Gordes

    [​IMG]Gordes, the valley and the mountain of Lubéron
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Then I did a pilgrimage -sort-of- to the mountain Le mont Ventoux and to the village of Sault.

    Why a pilgrimage ? hum.... in 1992, I was in the army here like a lot of other poor guys watching the french nuke missiles.......:huh

    [​IMG]The Ventoux is the white mountain in the background

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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    I blame myself as I was so amazed by what I saw that I forgot to take picture till my lunch stop at Sisteron.... bugger.

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    Sisteron and la citadelle
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Then on my way to the dam of Serre ponçon

    Alone in a middle of nowhere. bloody great !
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Then while I was climbing the mountain near the lake, I saw a lot of paragliders.
    Need to be seen more closer...
    So I went to Saint Vincent Les Forts.
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    Do you see where I parked the bike ?
    Guess what it was ?

    bugger. this was the land area !!!

    Would you mind moving your bike as quickly as possible, please ?
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    oops..... yes, of course !
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  9. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    okay, better here
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    Ever saw the face of a stupid happy biker ?
    Here's one for your appreciation :D
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    As the time passed by and I was supposed to be in Nice in the evening and I still have some kilometers to do......
    I moved on towards Barcelonette.
    Then I turned left versus Le Col d'Allos and le Col de la Cayolle.
    When I was thinking about my way, I thought maybe the col d'allos could be great but at some point I decided against it.
    I think it was a good decision.
    When I left the road to Barcelonette and took the one to the cols, I noticed a lot a groups of bikers coming down the col d'Allos.... :huh
    not my cup of tea to ride with 10 bikers riding sporters.....
    So I took the road to the col de la Cayolle:

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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    know what ? I was in heaven !!

    I have some movies of the trip and the remaining. Let me upload them and I'll be back to you.

    /thierry
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  12. aurel

    aurel Cheese&Wine!

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  13. kktos

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    Here, I'm at the top. I just turn around to see my surroundings.
    Then I said something but as it was windy, I'm unable to understand.
    Was something stupid certainly so we miss nothing :D
    And When I'm pointing a direction, I'm saying the sea is in that direction....
    So I should see the river Var soon

    funny thing is the guy at the beginning of the movie coming towards my bike. looks like he only stopped to have a look at the ohlins shock :D
    those bikers are mad !
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    So I went down....
    But where is the river ?
    It supposed to start here......
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    I just stopped when I had a clear view of the valley.

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    Notice the pond ? guess what it is :D
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Down in the valley.
    In this crappy movie, at 1:39 there is a sign.... telling Source du Var.
    Here it is ! the origin !
    Funny thing is that I didn't know what I was filming.
    But when I showed to my friend the movie he told me: " hold on. rewind a little. slow. stop. here, see the signpost ?"
    so here it was !

    So from there, it was easy to reach Nice. Just follow the river.
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    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Still following the river, I entered the valley of Daluis.
    Just entering, I saw a signpost telling "17 tunnels".
    I was wondering why..... :D
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    Let me tell you,...the south of France is a JEWEL!! Go there.

    I could spend the rest of my days there and not get bored.
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    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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  20. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the nice pictures.
    You're too lucky to have always such nice weather.
    We, in Paris area, have had a very bad summer, cold and rainy.
    Not good for rides.
    Too bad I'm too much far away from Var to ride there each weekends !
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