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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Motomochila, May 22, 2013.
I live in the south of Spain. In Seville.
If you need something round here...
In...I was watching your posts in the other thread. Glad you got your ride, and are on the way.
Your adventure sounds cool . I am leaving Amsterdam tomorrow on my way to prague . Will be hopingto go to alps soon . If you guys know a good route or want to ride for a day let me know. Rob
Go to Southern Spain and Portugal and go back in the Alps when weather clears.
Me and my friends canceled our four day trip to Italian Alps this weekend, cause today is snowing again, at least on Stelvio Pass.
Did the Grossglockner yesterday. Yep im jumping forward on my trip. Still have not loaded Vienna or some other stops but this section was by far the best time I've had so far on my solo trip. Did three passes in two days with the culmination of the Grossglockner. For those Americans who don't know, it's the Holy Grail of European Alps mountain motorcycle roads. Rivals the Dragon simply because of what you can't do on the Dragon. Very few Rocky Mountain passes equal this road either, I've done them too. The only regret I had was I was on my GS Adventure instead of a more suitable bike....although I did meet a group of bikers riding 50cc motorcycles to the top. Not nearly as high as the Rockies, coming in at only 8,432 feet, but way more fun. Some of the Italians and Germans I met were running full road width even with oncoming traffic. They cut corners directly in front of an oncoming bus with only an inch to spare. My testicles weren't big enough to do what these guys were doing. All in all, I rode 900 km of mountain passes and roads in two days. Weather perfect. Roads stellar, views awesome. Pics don't do this justice.
The crest of Grossglockner
These wacks made the "hill" on old 50cc motorcycles. An old Zundapp amongst others running the summit.
The soldier is standing guard over a museum that was a strategic alpine fort during WWI battles between Italy and Austria. He is in period dress
I guess you should take stelvio pass this one is more than 9000 feet, and in the vicinity the umbrail and gavia pass
Spent two days in Vienna last Friday and Saturday. The trip up from Rome was a bear the last hundred or so km's. Temp was 93 and the humidity was 90%. Well maybe not for some of you but being a Californian, we're not used to this kind of humidity, especially with adventure gear on.. Now I do understand this is a motorcycle forum, but in Venice, there isn't any roads to ride on so it's boat. I rented a water taxi for an hour to take the back waterway "gritty" tour. Interesting was all I could come up with. Here are some of my unedited shots. I don't have photoshop to make adjustments on my iPad.
Even in Venice, a world heritage city you see graffiti everywhere....and they don't clean it off.
27 days on the road today and the howling is beginning to drive me crazy. What howling you might ask? The Heidenau front tire on my GSA. Friggin' A, the damn tire howls so loud I can hear it through my closed helmet with earplugs. I'm in Berlin after spending a few days in Prague and the Czech Republic. By shear accident I found a back road out of Karlovy Vary that took me into Germany. A video as soon as I can edit. Deep forested road paved and only 10 feet wide. Tight twisty for over 60 miles of absolute fun......except for that Heidenau tire.
On the autobahn at 100 mph, it howled so loud I could here the noise with music pumped from my iPhone through earbuds. FAILURE!!! Pics by this weekend since everyone knows, without pics, "your thread is dead" Off to Hamburg and some more back road adventures.
Online again finally with a photo uploader that works.
One thing constant on a solo motorcycle tour is, nobody tells me when or where to stop for lunch. With no place in particular to go each day, I have taken my time getting just about anywhere. Don't care, unless its a fun mountain pass then its throttle on. Another constant is the beer and cigar for lunch. Great way to stop and meat the locals. Seems they make fairly good beer here, and although they are a bit expensive, Cuban cigars are fairly easy to find. In fact, I'm having both as I sit and write this post.
As this trip doesn't have a schedule or an itinerary, know that I was there to take the images posted. Not always with my motorcycle as traffic in some of the cities I have visited make Times Square look like a country road. Then of course there the boat part. Tried as much as I could, I just couldn't get that damn GS Adventure to float.
No bike allowed here either
But they sure did have some other interesting diversions.... Well it's time for another beer so I'm off to find something else interesting.
There's far more interesting places and things to see, but as a solo rider I seem to stop only when it's time to eat, drink, and sleep. Hey isn't that what motorcycle riding is all about?
Stopped here today...for a beer and a cigar.
Many more to come and my route as I can get fast enough Internet to upload GPS route info. Other than that its been "different". Not what I expected when I decided to "go it solo". I wouldn't do Europe solo again, not Western Europe. The farther east I go, the friendlier and more acceptance I get as an "American". Western Europeans don't give a rats ass about us, and they have treated me as such. No worries though, patience usually prevailed and I eventually found my way or I got what I needed. As they say in the UK, "push on"...