Putin,Kim Jong-un,& Genghis Khan Walk into a Biker Bar.. 1Day2Day European Marathon 2017 Run begins.

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  1. ExodusRider

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    Moses, Noah, and Lazarus walks into an Albanian bar:

    We leave Meteora, Greece at 3:30pm for the Albania border, toward a church 30 miles across the border recommended to us by the Floridian family.

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    Roads are scenic and mountainous, the day is nice enough to enjoy the twisties.

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    Pulling over for fuel we meet a mom and her 6 kids, homeless and starving. Broke our hearts so Lala pulled over to give them some love. It's a dog-eat-dog world but we had to press on after a bit of love and care.

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    Some how we get 20 miles off track up a mountain town that the GPS said was the end point.

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    Nevertheless, it was a beautiful ride toward the town.

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    We back tracked 30 mins and get to the Greek/ Albanian border at 8:00pm, it's now raining and cold. Because of the line, it took us an hour to cross to Albania. In the cold weather, that felt like 4 hours..

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    We're heading to the good size city of Gjirokaster about 40 mins from border but it starts to rain dogs and cats. Luckily , 5 miles from town is a hotel for $26/night. We called uncle and pulled into hotel right before it starts to pour down. Not bad of place.

    We grab lamb dinner at the attached hotel and it starts to rain like madcow.. The restaurant was connected to hotel so we stayed dry enough coming / going.

    I covered the bike electronics and ignition with rain gear. It would continuously rain through the night and well into the day. Several people said they have never seen rain like this in their lives. People were building boats and arks, herding animals in pairs, prepping for flooding of biblical proportions.

    Lala was getting nervous about riding in the heavy rain and flood in the morning. I say to her, "what's my name ??? And what have I parted before ???".... Ain't no rain gonna slow this adv boy down!

    Of course, come noon, the rain was coming sideways into the balcony.... Now I was nervous. Hotel was losing power and water throughout the day. We had no choice but to stay another night. The restaurant was not opened for breakfast or lunch.

    Fortunately we had a few apples, pears and walnut that Arkadios family had given us. We managed to survive on those rations from 8:00am til about 4:00pm. My stomach was growling something fierce, another few hours and I would have gone into a hypocaloric induced coma.

    I come down to ask about dinner and restaurant guys say they are closed for special event.. dam it !! It's raining crazy, where can we find food. I also needed to find an ATM to grab more money for 2nd day of the hotel, didn't take credit card. Half a mile back on the main road is a restaurant, so we brave the wind / rain.. blazing 5 mins down the street, crabbing all the way there to find food.

    We are drenched as we get off the bike, ringing out the water before coming inside. As I walk toward the table, guy next to us says "ni how ma?" Which means how are you in Chinese. I laughed and tell him thank you but I'm actually Vietnamese. The Finish guy seating by him hears my American accent and chimes in. We chat abit about Albania. Already meeting nice folks.

    Once settled at our table, we look at the menu that's all in Albanian. This fella comes up and in perfect English, "can I help with anything?" "Sure, thank you". I proceed to ask him about the menu items, thinking he was the restaurant owner, as he kept saying yes to items I was asking about.

    LOL well, he wasn't the owner, just another customer. He was born here but lived in Canada the last 15 years. He heard our American accent and wanted to say hello / ask where we were from.


    We would soon join Paul and friend Lorenzo for dinner. They had already finished eating so helped us order ours.
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    We shared dessert and then Paul went to pay for dinner before I could even ask for the bill. Same response, "you are in my country, let us treat you." As we were running out of Euros and hadn't stop by ATM for Albanian Leks, it was actually good timing.

    Lala was really scared now about the rain, I needed to run 5 miles into town to the ATM to get money for the hotel. The guys offered to ride us into town to bank, then back to the hotel.

    We have a good vibe about them so graciously accepted the ride. Lorenzo was learning English, was neat and funny to watch him practice..

    We get into to Gjirocaster and the roads are flooded and insanely deep. Part of the city is on the mountain, water was pouring down like waterfall into the streets. Water was blasting from the car on both side like we were skiing. It was surreal and no way I could have made it into town in that kind of weather.

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    On the way back to the hotel is a small little village called Lazarat. Little did we know, was/is the magic parsley center of Albania (maybe in Europe as well). It wasn’t but 3 years ago that the entire economy there was built on 420 friendly herbs.

    Interestingly enough, Lorenzo’s family lives there so we stop by to meet his folks and have tea / fruits, visiting with his family.

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    They are incredibly gregarious, the entire family was laughing and talking so friendly. I think they are drinking this stuff!!

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    I had to comment a few times that Lorenzo’s laugh was so infectious, was so uncanny.
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    We thank the family and momma sends us away with bag of fruits and candy, the guys drop us off at the hotel.

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    (Funny pillows on mom's couch)

    Paul checks the weather and says tomorrow it's going to be extremely bad, the likes they have never seen before. He gives me his contact to call him if weather is bad and we needed to go anywhere.

    He’s here visiting his mother til the new years before heading back to Vancouver. It sure was nice to meet some kind people in such bad conditions on a bike.

    That would be the case, because it rained harder throughout the night and come Friday, it was relentless. The hotel keeps going out of power/water so we decide to check out and try to make it into to town / Gjirocaster for a different hotel.

    Paul and Lorenzo comes by, picks Lala and gear up, follows me on my bike to the hotel. The following pictures are from goPro as I’m riding through the streets w/ water cascading from the mountain.

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    For me, I was having a blast, abit nerve racking, but was amazing; Lala was in the BMW SUV behind me and said she almost crapped a brick when I was crossing that cascading washout.

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    She’s seen youTube videos of guys getting washed off their bikes in India. I say, cause they’re riding 125cc mopeds, not big Berthas .. besides.. “I’m Moses!” She rolls her eyes..

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    We get checked into the hotel ( $26/night too), grab some lunch with the guys and returned to hotel to relax. I find one of the best barbershop for a $5 cut/shampoo right by the hotel.
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    6:00pm rolls by and the guys pick us up for dinner. They had been buying dinner and lunches last two days for us, so I treated them to a nice lamb dinner.
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    Donny, who we met during lunch / coffee also came along. So Donny is married to Paul’s sister, Lorenzo is married to Donny’s sister.. and Paul.. well, he’s divorced.. LOL, but it was just so funny watching the guys hang out.. like they were brothers.. nice to be with family.

    We head to the local café / pool spot for a few games. After such a wet and somewhat scary day, was nice to wind down and hang out abit.

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    Donny didn’t speak much English but what a bunch of great guys to help us in that way. Paul knows that Albanians have a bad rap abroad and wanted to make sure we as visitors in his country saw the side / people that Albanians really are.

    He’s invited us to visit his mother and family for lunch tomorrow if the roads up the mountain to her village is not so bad. We are so looking forward to that as those have been the best experiences for us thus far on the trip. Visiting with families and friends. "Faleminderit" my new Albanian brothers!!







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  2. Romero

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    Rockstars!! Both of you!!
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    Moses,
    Glad to hear you and Lala are safe after the rains. Sounds like they were of Biblical proportion. Loving the RR!
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    I'm a late subscriber but, incredible RR. Thanks for bringing us along.
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    Hey guys, sorry for the silence. It's been a "races to places" this week. We are currently in South West France (La Rochelle) staying with some friend's parents next couple of days. Will give me a chance to update the blog, do laundry, etc.

    In the mean time, does anyone out there know someone from Barcelona that might have garage space? Looks like La La and I will be flying back to the States next Sunday, Dec 17th for Christmas . I need a place to store the bike for a few months, returning in the Spring of 2018 to do an African trip. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks mates..
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    moses, hope someone chimes in soon enough.

    it may help if you post up here............http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/spanish-advriders-sign-in.137335/
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    Why don't you check the tent space map/thread?
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    @Ruud109 might be able to point you in a helpful direction

    Mine is stored 40k south of Valencia but have no way to get you in; keys are here with me in Canada
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    Lol, kewl beans,,
    Yeappers, got response from Ruud this morning so we should be good..

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    “The Americans are finally here!” Saturday Dec 2nd.

    The next morning we were hoping to visit Paul’s mother but the roads are still recovering from the flood. No way in or out. .

    Given the break in heavy rain and a sliver of blue skies, we decided to make a break for it and head to the capital of Tirana instead. The plan was to visit with the Floridian Family we met in Greece a few days past.

    We say goodbye to our Albanian brothers...

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    Leaving the town of Gjirocaster would be an adventure that morning as many of the streets were still draining or overflowing with water and debris.

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    There were two major water crossings where the locals thought WE were the ‘locos’! The police and some of the drivers actually/ explicitly tried to sign / gesture us to turn back.

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    But two Asian Americans on a German steed can be a stubborn mixture so we say to them. “Thanks but we are Americans, we crazy like that!” and continue on. Lala learned to kick up her feet while I’m standing up to surf pass the crossing like a Viking warrior.

    At the end of the last crossing, we had an audience cheering us on as we crossed the finish line of dry pavement.

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    It’s cold/drizzling for a 1.5 hrs before the sun / blue sky finally breaks through and gives us a nice inviting present. Neat how your spirit just picks up instantly when you see a rainbow in the horizon.

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    A perfect mirror for life’s journey… no matter the dark clouds, the torrential rain, the cold / wet / misery; there’s always a rainbow signaling that good times are coming; just gotta be watching out for it… and of course.. go the distance.

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    Three hours later, we get to the coastal town of Durres, an hour from Tirana to enjoy some seafood by the Adriatic sea, a late lunch @ 3:00pm.
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    We then head into the capital, meet up with Peter/Emily at their home in a top secret compound. They work with the State Department on the medical team so we needed level 1 security to pass the arm guards (or a bottle of moonshine ) .
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    Peter’s wonderful family invites us in for an awesome dinner at 5:00pm while got our laundry done there. So nice to get fresh laundry. Ironic how everyday mundane tasks like laundry that we so dread becomes a celebratory mini-milestone when you are traveling… i.e. we sooooo look forward to laundry days now ..

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    After the wonderful dinner and evening just chatting with our fellow Americans, we return to motel for a good nice rest.

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    Next morning, we returned for lunch ( I also dropped my goPro in their yard so had to come back).

    On the way there, it started raining insanely hard; for 5 minutes it even started to hail mini-dipping dots. Had to pull over to hide until the coast was clear. Nice lunch and hot chocolate at Peter’s place, waiting for the rain to clear out.

    Unfortunately, just as we were about to leave at 2:00pm, it started again. I made the decision to keep on going as we were heading northwest and the clouds / rains looked like it was moving east, which it did finally stop enough for us to enjoy some of the ride North toward Montenegro..
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    Just registred few days ago. Found this awesome RR. Thank you! and how you have been helped out during your ride and when you helped Jim just no words. Safe ride and fly to home.
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    Albania, Slovenia... Come on Pretty Momma ; Key Largo, Montenegro... baby why don't we go ?...Sunday 3rd.

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    We were shooting for Mostar, Bosnia 8 hours away. But with the rain and cold weather, we got only 4 hours in before it became too unbearable to ride.

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    We didn’t even get out of Albania that night, but instead checked into a motel in Shkoder, Albania (Ambassador Hotel – 20 euros).

    We were starting our first races to places run at this point, making our way to western France.

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    Next stop was the wonderful coast town of Kotor, Montenegro.

    The ride from Shkoder to Kotor was actually very scenic.

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    We get to Kotor by lunch time and see the country/town as essentially a mini-Italy. Beautiful landscapes, towns, cities, food.. very much European.

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    Many words in English so easy to get around. Euro was main currency. The ride into and away from Kotor was simply amazing. Nice lunch and lingered abit in Kotor.
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    On the way out of the valley, the road becomes a small mountain switchback ultra-kewl road

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    leading into this gorgeous opening overlook;

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    Definitely worth the climb.


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    Oh Boy-snia!! Monday, Dec 4th:

    Once over the pass, we cross into Bosnia not too long after.
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    No trouble with the border agent outside of just having to buy local insurance for 25 euro for 7 days enough though we were only passing through for day.

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    We make it 1.5 hours away from Mostar before it gets too dark/cold. We stopped into a restaurant for a $20 meat dinner that was way too much meat and not enough flavor.
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    Then a cheap $30 motel that had a shared bathroom. Wasn’t too nice of a place but we were too cold to debate. At least they had a nice shed for the bike and motel / restaurant lady was nice. Up and on the road by 9:30am..

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    The ride toward Mostar went through some high mountain towns.

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    Much snow on the ground and weather was a brisk 35-40F, dropping to sub30s at certain spots. Towns seem nice enough along w/ the country side settings. Very scenic and Christmassy..

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    We finally get out of the cold weather down the mountain passes, the sun is shining, and the warmth starts to blanket the horizon a few hours later.
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    We pull into this breath taking valley and had to stop to smell the roses..


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    More Please? Tuesday, Dec 5th:
    A beautiful morning / ride 1.5 hrs into Mostar town.
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    Unfortunately, wasn’t much of Mostar to rave about. People didn’t seem too friendly either, but perhaps I just got a bad waitress.

    Food wasn't too bad, though..

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    Blew pass Mostar toward Rijeka, Croatia, getting there right at 8:30pm, in time to check into our neat Apartment for 25 euros.

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    In truth, we didn’t see much of Croatia as well but still a pretty ride across the country.

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    In the morning, headed to the coastline for a quick breakfast by the waterfront before fast tracking to Venice, Italy around noon.
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    There were definitely some really nice areas / scenic incredible spots as we made our way up through the post-Yugoslavic / Balkan countries.

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    wet and cold.....haha. moses, please take us somewhere sunny.

    glad to see your updates and thanks.
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    The Cold Hearted Uncle:

    That morning after checking out of the nice apartment in the capital city of Rijeka, Croatia early at 9:30am, we did have a nice quick breakfast on the waterfont as mentioned. Some quick photos from the goPro of waterfront area.
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    We pretty much rode straight to Venice.
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    No issue at the border crossing, getting to Venice by 1:00pm and walked the city abit.

    There was a long 5 miles bridge from mainland Italy to Venice Island first that was kewl to cross, careful with the tram rail tracks in the middle of the road; somewhat tricky for motorcyclists.. not to get caught up in the rut.

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    Then park your car/bike right before the island starts (4 euro / 1.5 hrs of parking).


    I really did like the city setup. We came in the off season, so not much foot or car traffic. That was definitely a plus.

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    Prices were extremely high, we had a wonderful lunch that cost us $75 bucks.. ouch!! I misunderstood her when I asked about the grilled baby squid / calamari.

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    It was 4 euro a squid (not a plate) so I ordered a plate of 6.. came out to be 24 euro for just the squid appetizers.. LOL when in Rome my ass!! Golden Rule to ask twice when speaking in a foreign tongue .

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    But what a great city setup all surrounded by water, let’s just hope this place doesn’t flood.

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    While eating lunch, I was researching our next route and came up with this awesome but selfish idea. We would ride up to the Northern Italian mountain ranges and do the Stelvio Pass.
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    Thanks to Arkadios’s gift to Lala, she had wind/cold protection for her legs and scar for her neck so let’s give this a try.

    We would ride into the mountains, check into a nice resort for the night. Early in the morning, hit the great switchback pass by lunch, north to western Austria, west across Switzerland toward Geneva where we would then cross into France. Awesome right??? I KNOW!!


    Time to put plan into action. We leave Venice by 3:30 and blast our way north. It gets dark by 5:30 through the mountain valleys as we gradually climb up. Temperature dropped to low-30s, dang it was cold. It’s a 5 hour ride in total so I made it a point to stop every 1.5hr for us to warm up w/ tea / hot chocolate and refuel as needed. At some spots, went down to 26F, yikes!!


    We finally pull into a resort town called Merano for dinner by 7:30pm. It had been misting / drizzling last 3 hours of the ride. Poor Lauren is frozen to death; her toes and fingers are numb and she can barely stand. She takes 5 minutes just to de-thaw enough to get off the bike as the her legs are froze / seized up. The canary is about to fall of her perch.

    Luckily, we stop in Merano for a hot dinner. A pizzeria joint owned by an Indian family. We opt to order India curry lamb instead of pizza. An Indian making pizza in Italy? Might as well have Mexicans make sushi in Texas… (oh wait, they do!! )

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    They bring out some milk mint tea and the blood slowly comes back into Lauren’s face. As soon as we start eating the amazing lamb curry and lamb stew, she is her old self again.

    I was starting to feel guilty putting her through the cold weather but I keep saying to myself.. “whatever doesn’t kill her will make her stronger”.. or some bullshit like that!

    We finish dinner by 8:30 and now needed to do one more hour to get to Malles Venosta Mals to check into the hotel. I could tell during the last hour how wonderful and scenic the area was but it was just so cold to really notice. We were passing castles, valleys, mountains, and churches but poor Lala was just a frozen turkey waiting to jump into the deep fryer.

    Finally, we make it to the lodge that turned out to be a German couple that had half their home converted into a hotel. No elevator, but our apartment was on 4th floor, just what Lauren needed, walk 4 floors to get her blood moving, lol.

    We get settled in and she’s saying she can’t feel her toes. After an hour of warming up, her feet start to get back to normal except two toes on one foot. They are swollen as heck, looking like mini Vienna sausages. Sure hope it’s just a mild case of frostbite. Poor Lala, and what a cold hearted selfish uncle I was to drag her here.

    I had checked the weather and Thursday (the next day) was suppose to be the last day before the snow / winter storm would close this area for good so I was taking a gamble. We make tea, relax, warm up and just being thankful to be out of the cold and safe.. minus two frostbitten toes..

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  18. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    Say it isn’t StelviO!
    Thursday Dec 7th:

    We get up and have breakfast at 9:00am. Lauren decides she’s going to take the morning off and just relax/ some yoga while I ride the Stelvio Pass. Her two toes are still abit swollen. Sounded like a prudent plan. I knock out the pass, come back around and pick up her so we can head to Austria by noon.

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    The ride from the town below up to the motel comes up a very scenic pass as well (forgotten the name) so my ride down is gorgeous and quicker, given the lack of pinion.

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    As I make my way through the valley leaving 10:00am, the air is still very cold at low 30’s. My fingers / toes can definitely feel the stinging of the brisk air but I’m too busy enjoying the breathtaking view and awesome riding / curves..
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    As I get closer and closer to the entrance, snow is packing up, higher and higher, air is getting thinner, I start seeing ice patches around the curves… not looking good for our hero.

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    I see the signs / arrows for Stelvio Pass so still psyched to get on it. Soon as I take the final curve to where the pass entrance starts.. OH NO!!!.... a locked gate and snow completely covering the road of the pass on the other side of the gate.

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    I missed the pass by a few minutes… just 5 minutes ago, I was sure it was completely opened. Where the hell did all this snow come from all of sudden? An Avalanche just now?? Dam, Gina!

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    Ooooh well, I made the effort. In any case, it had been such a beautiful gorgeous ride thus far toward the Alps; was worth the struggle.. except the extreme cold Lala had to go through and the patches of ice around lying about, I say it was a mild success .
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    It definitely is getting dangerous now and I didn’t want to put Lauren through anymore unnecessary suffering.. soooo.. new plan. (or original plan, lol).. Do like the birds and fly south. Foregoing getting our stamps and GPS tracks for Austria and Switzerland, I pick her up at noon at the motel.
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  19. ExodusRider

    ExodusRider ExodusRider

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    The Canary & the Falcon; the Student Master.
    Friday, Dec 8th:

    I made a pact w/ LaLa and the devil today. We would head south but needed to do an iron butt ride all the way to west France ( La Rochelle) from Merano, Italy; as we were tight on time to make Morocco.

    In return, she could have 3 days of relaxation, eating fancy French food, wine, cheese, etc. at some friends parent’s home.

    Of course we didn’t start our ride til noon after I returned from my failed attempt of the Stelvio Pass ride (on account of it being closed off).
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    We would ride for 8 hours until darkness fell and hell froze over. The first four hours were breathtaking; the last four hours, struggling to take breaths !! Dam it was cold, hovering around 28-32F.

    The last few days or so of riding in the cold evenings til about 7/8pm, I was convinced that Lauren was getting acclimated and building up her endurance for the cold weather and chilly riding. She wouldn’t complain or even twitch during any of it.

    I would later learn once in western France, that she was sooo cold, she just fell unconscious; hence she couldn’t whimper or shiver. She was so exhausted that she was afraid of falling off the bike. I say that’s a great protective mechanism!!

    Arrival into the cute town of Borgaro Torinese, an hour west of Milan (our initial target for the night), we checked into a marvelous hotel for $50/night that was a swank European style hotel room.
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    Breakfast was amazing, underground parking, etc. Definitely top notch. We got warmed up quickly and spent the evening sipping tea and writing.

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    The next day would be Lala’s final iron butt challenge. Early morning, we had the biggest / best breakfast ever. Getting back on the road by 9:30am and riding all the way to La Rochelle, France by 11:30pm. Even though officially it was only 650 miles / 13 hours; factor in the constant drizzle and temperature running the gamut of 22-45F degrees, it sure saps the spirit and energy out of you quicker than a sexual harassment claim of 2017.
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    Funny enough, the BMW Nav was set to the shortest route ( I have the European 2017 map so most recent), and that took us back up the Alps almost to the south point of Switzerland / near Geneva for a couple of hours before dipping back south.

    I had promised LaLa we were riding south and away from the winter / mountains. Alas, BMW would make me break that promise for 1.5 hours as we cross the French Alps…


    Two things we would learn that morning.


    1) The French knows where and when to put in these mountain tunnels. Just when our bodies are about to quit on us, forcing us to scream “tio”, we would get these 3-7 mile tunnels where the temperature would change from 32 to 50f in a matters of seconds.

    At least 3 times, I would turn back to see Lauren grinning and knew what she was about to say because I had grinned and hollered out the same phrase of adulation multiple times… “ Oohhhhhh, Toooastty!!!”….

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    we would be giggling under our breadth the length of the tunnel until we exited.. which would then turn straight back into me cursing “ Dam you mother nature!!” and her… “Dam you uncle Moses!!”

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    2) The ultra-long tunnel right at the Italian and French border up in the Alps is the real entrance to Narnia.

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    So as we exited the Italy border, there was a toll gate for 29 euros in France ($35 USD), good God!!.
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    We arrive at this super tunnel 300 yards from the border. As if passing into an invisible magnetic field, as soon as you entered into the mouth of the tunnel, you can feel the heat wave scanning pass your body like a laser… “oohhhh… soooooo warm, yummy!!”

    It has just warmed up from 35F to 70s in matters of seconds. I clocked it at 78” 1/3 way into the tunnel. Magnificent!!! The dam tunnel is heated???? OMG, we LOVE the French!! And not just for their fries..

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    La and I are dancing each to our own tunes playing from the headphones yet somehow we are in synch… I believe mine was playing the beach boy’s “California Girls!”…

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    The super tunnel last for a good 15 minutes it seems and then all of sudden, as you exit the tunnel, we are hit w/ a near white out condition. Holy Moses, it’s Narnia and we have found the entrance way. Through all the wind and snow, me thinks we can see the Ice Queen hovering over Aslan, the lion. We are in the middle of the FRENCH ALPS in mid winter / December.. F!@#$ Aye!!!
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    We are in complete awe and bewilderment for about 1 minute before realizing we are in artic conditions. With the sprinkling of misty / sleet and mild wind, it surely was bringing chills to the bones. Lauren screams at me, “I thought we were heading south!!!”. I’m laughing and yelled back, “me too!”.
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    We come across toward France after the tunnel, 3 French border agents stopped and asked where we were from. They incredulously said in tandem, “Are you Americans all this Crazy??”.. Why yes we are!!:clap

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    We would ride through the French Alps for 1.5 hours before getting relief out of the mountain ranges.

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    The next 10 hours would surely be a testament of Lauren’s endurance and increased tolerance of being an adventure rider. The cold and constant drizzling was relentless.

    The toll roads help us make great time but at a price for sure. I believe we have spent about $150 USD in tolls all throughout of France in total.

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    After sunset, we would do 1.5 hours intervals before tea/hot chocolate breaks to warm the body up. I’m being modest by saying it was a difficult haul but somehow she makes it through the last 3 pit stops and we pull into the French parent’s home of Danielle and Andre right at 11:30.
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    They welcome us with open arms like prodigal children. With fireplace going, hot tea/ coffee brewing, it was such great joy and renewal of spirits that we sat down w/ the Huets and enjoyed that best cup of Joe this side of the Alps.

    As for Lauren, the canary is now a falcon and the student? A Pinion Master Killer!












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  20. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    congrats lala. you're cruel uncle (your mentor and tormentor) just lost.

    dang moses....you love pain....:lol3
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