In the heart of Europe

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by Darel, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    190 km from Venice, 30km from the Alps, 95 km from the first sea island. I'm really lucky bastard :D to live in such a beautiful environment and I would like some of these beauties to share with you. Firstly , a few pictures to get a grip
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    And recent trips

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    With my son in the Alps
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    Safe driving course
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  2. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    You are very lucky indeed. I hope you will post more pictures and a ride report soon. Thank you for sharing with us
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  3. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    I will start with Grossglockner as a travel Mecca for motorcyclists in these places. From the house I can do in one day (not counting the pain in the ass after 600km) but i wanted to see some Tyrol beauties so I finished it in two days.

    Start was a little boring, but as soon as I turned off the highway things become much better.
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    I passed Treviso, Pontebba and climbed on the Pramollo pass
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    Weather was fine, maybe a little too warm for my taste.
    BTW: Sorry about the lack of motorcycle posing pictures, but until now I did not intend to publish them, and I look at my thumper every day.
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  4. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    Pass

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    Going down. There is a small cosy city with unpronounceable name. C-M and something.
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    ups and downs
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    This valley leads to the Grossglockner. The weather was becoming increasingly hot
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    by the way
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  5. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    Since my wife and daughter are watching southamerican lemonade i have plenty of time to post some more pics:evil

    Finally Heiligenblut (holy blood) , I read a lot about the construction of this road to the GG and Heiligenblut was important logistic centre.
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    and up we go
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    Looking at this I felt so small
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  6. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    No words needed

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    Someone's comment on this pic: It is like scene from Far Cry
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    Finally my bike
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    And typical tyrolian hut (i think so:hmmmmm)
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  7. ClearwaterBMW

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    such beautiful vistas.
    I hope you will post many, many more pictures.
    Thank you again for sharing with us
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  8. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    Thanks and don't worry my friend. I have much more to show. :thumb
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  9. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    I received my winter setup yesterday :clap Contis TKC 80
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    But we are still a long way from those days, at least few weekend trips on tarmac, I hope.

    Probably now is the right time to introduce myself. I am over 40, family man, love sports and bikes of all kind (even MTB).
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    I've been driving serious bikes only for four years, and i tried all kinds of them.
    Bike before current one:
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    But eventually I realized that thumper is the right kind for me. Agility, lightness and raw power. Yes it's hard to drive and it vibrates like a sledgehammer, but i love it.
    Pic from our early days
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  10. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    Time to go on with my report:

    Finally on the F-J hohe. There is a glacier in front of us. And crowd!
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    GG peak
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    One more
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    Then backtrack a little and via Edelweiss spitze.
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  11. Darel

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    Edelweiss spitze is the highest pass in this alpine road.
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    And the down on the other side. I slept at this hotel. Very old, food quality was rather poor, not something i would write home about:puke1.
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    Darel Been here awhile

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    Last weekend we did daytrip at seaside. It's matter of one and a half hour ride each way.

    Slovenian coast is cliffy
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    A short boat trip
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    A friend, my son and me.
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    Darel Been here awhile

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    Back to Grossglockner.

    Next day ,after some Tyrolian sightseeing i went back through tauern tunel
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    In Lienz they had a kind of public event. Sun heated as insane and standing in motorcycle equipment in the heat is not something I want to do often.
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    So, getting to the Carinthia lakes was top priority. But Austrians have a strange habit or hobby of creating as many as possible obsticles to make free acess to the lakes imposible. (jap, english is not my first language). Therefore public facilities are the only way to get wet :huh
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  14. Blader54

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    Hi Darel! This is a great report! More please:clap I am always envious of rides through the Alps....and was one of your first set of photos a shot of Plitvice Lakes? I was fortunate to see them a few years ago. Looking forward to many more reports from you!!
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  15. Darel

    Darel Been here awhile

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    It is the Bohinj lake. A little bit norther:D
    Thanks for reply. More will come, I promise.
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    Darel Been here awhile

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    The weekend is over and another great little trip is behind me. Only two days and 500km long, but to one of the most beautiful places where I travel every year at least once. It is the perfect destination in the late summer with mild mediterranean climate. Kamenjak which is a southern peninsula of Istria is kind of protected area, park of nature. One can be there only at daytime. For motor vehicles, it is necessary to pay a entrance fee. There is a lot of gravel roads to explore and beautiful flora and some flying fauna :becca

    As usual I forgot to take pictures of my transportation so this is the only bike centric picture taken before departure
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    There is plenty of camps and one of them is close by Kamenjak. I stayed there.
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    Kamenjak can offer many little gulfs, some densely populated many other nicely deserted.
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    Crystal clear water with just the right temperature for swimming
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    Pine forests, I craved for knobbies
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    Hidden overgrown places, a silent witnesses of the former settlements
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    Almost surreal views
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    Walking paths
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    Paradise just for you
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    Did I mention the crystal water?
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    Lighthouse in the distance
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    Rocks at the tip beaten by severe winter sea
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    Maquis flora
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    Thankfully rare touristic boats
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    And one really lucky guy
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    Till next time.
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