Pyrenees, Alps, Dolomites Solo

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DolphinJohn, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. MuddySump

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    Looks like an excellent trip you had there.

    Do you have a full map of the route?

    Wanting to do an Alps ride maybe this year or next, planning Norway too but could end up a bit expensive :huh


    Was there any offroad/gravel roads on your trip?
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  2. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    tap tap.. this thing on?

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    hey John its confirmed for the Pyrenees in September... lets see the rest of the story :thumb
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  3. pumpe3

    pumpe3 lazy Swede

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    Great RR, makes me want to go to the alps by bike instead of by cars thats the plan this test.

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  4. eddie98

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    John, I'm really enjoying your report. It brings back memories from 2011 when my girlfriend and I went there and rode around F650GS for 7 days. Then rented a car for 10 days to go see family and friends.
    I have the same picture you have above. I have family in Riva del Garda, we spent a couple of days there and the town is amazing.
    Also passo Manghen was one of our favorites, going thru that forest up and up not being able to see around you kept you guessing and it sure is a small road going up. We had some close encounters with some cars.
    Glad to see that other people come back with the same pictures and wishing to go back for another run in the Dolomites.

    I was hoping to go to Key West this winter since it's cold here in Atlanta but things happen. I may still go, if I do I may contact you and meet for some cold ones. :freaky
    Here is my picture. Almost at the same spot :clap
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  5. eddie98

    eddie98 Been here awhile

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    Sportbiker,
    If you only have 14 days I would suggest flying into Milan and starting from there.
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  6. Direktor

    Direktor Been here awhile

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    Great! :freaky
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  7. Vixen

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    that picture really does bring back some great memories. Eddie & I parked the beemers in his cousins driveway and hopped on her bicycles....we pedalled around the lake checking out the sunbathers and beautiful scenery. We stopped on "lovers bridge" to take this picture. Can't wait to go back again.
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  8. Big Daddy D

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    Hmmm where's the rest of the story? Don't leave us hanging now halfway your great report... :huh
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  9. GuateRider

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    I didnt know that you guys have family over there , I was born 90 KM north of Riva del Garda .
    I will be there in September :evil
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  10. DolphinJohn

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    Sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been real busy working and racing so I sort of forgot I never finished.

    I still don't have time to finish the report in detail but I will post the remaining pics from the ride back to Barcelona.

    The highlight was the Gorges du Verdon.

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  11. DolphinJohn

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    I've also got a ton of photos from riding around in Barcelona my last few days.

    No time for all but here's a couple for now.

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    It's time to start thinking about this year's adventure......

    I'm thinking either Baja with an organized tour like Chris Haines or a loop consisting of the north half of the Continental Divide and the western half of TAT (on my KTM 640). I'd be doing this with a friend who keeps a bike out in Denver so that would be our start/finish point. I welcome any thoughts on these ideas.


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  12. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    hey John

    glad to see you resurface :thumb
    great shots (as always)

    Michelle & I are off to Barcelona in September so.... anytime you get around to the end of the story :D
    We're going to stick to Pyrenees I think and go west towards the ocean, crossing back and forth over the mountains.
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  13. DolphinJohn

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    The guys at IMT where I rented my bike said that is one of their favorite rides, coast to coast through the Pyrenees.

    I'm sure you'll have a blast.

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  14. Johnny Dakar

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    Amazing RR, John. Thank you.

    I've heard more than once if you're short on time, or can only pick one location in the Alps, go for the Dolomites...but I'm looking at your pictures of the French and Swiss Alps, and sh*tting myself at how gorgeous they are. What makes the Dolomites slightly more amazing?
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  15. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    to jump in with my own thoughts...

    the Dolomites are a little lower, and they all interconnect with little towns all around. You can do loops & loops in the Dolomites and never ever get bored. The riding is fantastic! The weather (I would say) is also generally better in the Dolomites.
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  16. DolphinJohn

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    Well said, Greg.

    I think the giant rock massifs are sometimes more dramatic as well.

    There's also the Italian food and people, not to mention it's far less expensive, especially compared to Switzerland.

    However, looking back now after 6 months, I am glad to have seen as much as I did and would not have skipped any of it.

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  17. Johnny Dakar

    Johnny Dakar Fuckin' Smartass

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    How long was your total ride?
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  18. DolphinJohn

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    Pretty much the whole month of September. I think I picked up the bike on the 3rd and returned it on the 29th.


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  19. sandgroper

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    Your pictures and stories are great, i really have to do a tour look yours before i kick the bucket.

    Cheers Ed
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  20. Luckybastard

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    Just finished the RR, great read and I´m surprised that the Iphone can take such good pictures.
    Doing something similar in september 2014, so it was really nice to check your tracks and to figure out my own route.

    Good luck on the Baja trip, don´t let the sandbugs bite:lol3