Route des Grandes Alpes en Moto

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  1. squawk77

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    An enchanting river valley led me past medieval castles and tall church spires to where the land stretched up to the sky. The air became crisp and cow bells rang as the sun pierced through frosty trees at my side. As I scraped pegs left and right up tight hairpin turns an eagle screeched out below. In the clear sky above I took the rough rock-strewn path just to see what else I may find. On the summit I indulged on the shimmering view, and fell asleep beneath the stars.

    Itinerary:
    Mosel River
    French Alps
    Côte d'Azur
    Gorges du Verdon
    Swiss Alps
    Liechtenstein
    Black Forest
    Autobahn

    New toys and prep:
    New Pelican Storm case top box
    New LuxuryLite cot
    New mount for Garmin 60CSx
    New micro pump from ADV designs
    Replaced kevlar jeans and boots from last trip
    Repaired some small damage from the first trip
    2nd oil change at 7,500 kms


    Allons-y!


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  2. zadok

    zadok Been here awhile

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    Great pics.! That action shot of you on the bike is nice and clear. Great work by the operator.:clap
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  3. Nuno Oliveira

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    All the pictures are fantastic but the one with you in your bike is perfect
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  4. squawk77

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    Thanks! That one was taken by a pro. I was thinking he should have picked one of the faster turns but I think on that cambered hairpin he can make everyone look pro! Turned out real nice :D
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  5. squawk77

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    First up was the Mosel Valley. I'd planned to get back there ever since I stumbled upon it the day I picked up my bike. I felt a strong déjà vu there and then I realized it was the scene of the WRC Rallye Deutschland! The river banks are covered in vinyards and dotted with quaint towns and high castle turrets. You always see these special narrow ships slowly navigating the winding river. I followed the entire Mosel through to France and spent the evening wandering around Metz before finding a suitable camp site.

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  6. GB

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    Gorgeous ride and pics :thumb

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  7. Bob

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    Wow, nice pics!
    Any pics of Metz?
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  8. rdwalker

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    Great photos! Reminded me why I love riding the Alps.

    Question: what is that license plate on your bike? I know it ain't Canadian-Canadian.
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  9. Wal2

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    looks like a great ride.....enjoying the pics, looks nice and warm.

    i have a friend with a B&B in Zeltingen Rachtig, Moselle Valley, usually my 1st port of call off the ferry...next fav place is Dusseldorf, love that city,

    like to have a ride through here, interesting valley and museum.

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  10. squawk77

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    Thanks! I can only find the one pic I have of Metz of the ginormous cathédrale. I knew it was the place to hang out when I saw all the bikes parked around there. I exercised my French skills with some local z750 riders (I used to have one myself) and even met a rider with a Québec plate on one of those Can-Am 3-wheeled things. I wandered around that area to stretch my legs and it's really nice!

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  11. squawk77

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    Yes it is a Canadian plate :lol3 I get a lot of questions of how I got the bike over here so now I usually joke that I crossed the Bering straight. Actually I live in Germany but have Canadian plates :wink:
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  12. squawk77

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    Nice! I didn't know about that one, looks like a good day trip for me in the spring :D
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  13. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    Neandertal Valley is near Mettmann, a few kms out of Dusseldorf

    nice coffee here in the Valley a few kms after the Museum, popular bikers haunt....


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  14. zadok

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    Niiiiice! I did a Rhine cruise from Boppard to Bingen back in '81. Seeing your map and pics brought back memories.:D
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  15. squawk77

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    Thanks I am maybe an hour away from there. Have to check it out :D
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  16. squawk77

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    Yes the Rhine is very nice, I'd like to take a cruise or even a train ride there sometime myself :D
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  17. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    Small correction for quite a common mistake :
    It is the "Gorges du Verdon". Verdon is the river inside the canyon. Verdun is the town sadly known for the awful battle from WWI.

    I love the light of your Parpaillon tunnel picture. What was the time, morning very early or late in the evening ?

    Also did you camp in the middle of a field in full visibility ?
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  18. squawk77

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    Before beginning the Route des Grandes Alpes, I spent a night in Geneva. Being in Switzerland, I paid a downright silly price to set up a tent next to the lake. The hot shower and lake view with swans was included, but 1 hour of WiFi and fresh croissant with espresso in the morning was extra. This part of Switzerland speaks French being near the border. When I started into the French Alps the architecture and villages reminded me a lot of Switzerland as well. The flags I saw everywhere and on everything also looked a lot more Swiss than French? I realized it was the flag of Savoie, which is not an official region of France per se but a historical one. One of my favourite parts of traveling is experiencing how unique each region of a country is from what I could only generalize as whole before. I found a camping municipal in Beaufort for a couple €'s and set up my tent just in time.


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  19. squawk77

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    Thanks for the correction. I've been to Verdun as well

    And especially thanks for responding to my PM's about the Parpaillon a year ago :lol3 It was one of the highlights of the trip. That picture was in the late evening

    I was camped out of sight only from dusk to dawn, and I didn't harm anything. In France it's usually easy to find a campsite though
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  20. Olirider

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    I did not remember I gave you information on the Parpaillon. I am happy that you did put it to good use ! :clap
    The Parpaillon must be one of the best trail to be able to ride legally in France.
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