Route des Grandes Alpes en Moto

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  1. jackalsour

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    Glad you enjoyed it :freaky
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  2. rescueMAN

    rescueMAN Been here awhile

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    my brother in law was at Lahr for a few years late 70's early 80's in the Canadian army, I copied him the Lahr pics you posted elsewhere, see what he makes of "progress":rofl
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  3. jackalsour

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    Descending down into la Côte d'Azur I met oncoming rally cars climbing up to another WRC rally site and I passed under tall Roman viaducts in picturesque mountainside towns. I deviated a bit from the marked Route des Grandes Alpes via a dark red gorge known as Cians and I had lunch along the Var. I spent a night on the Promenade des Anglais on the Nice waterfront at an amazing French military estate. Riding over the F1 starting grids in Monaco alongside the yachts and Ferrari's is a surreal moment as well. With roads and buildings high above you on the coastal hills and underground roundabouts and tunnels every which way the place is a bit daunting to say the least! There's a lot to say about the busy sights of the Côte D'Azur but I was soon just yearning to get back to the peaceful open roads of the Alpes.

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  4. jackalsour

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    From Nice I rode west along the coast through Cannes. Stores were all closed being a Sunday and I think I paid over €3 for a bottle of water :eekers The views were splendid but the traffic was horrid so I decided to head inland towards the Gorges du Verdon. Turns out it's huge and I could easily spend a day around there! There's one road in particular that you don't want to miss but easily could - It's a smaller one-way 25km loop on the edge of the gorge known as the Routes des Crêtes. I decided to ride it a second time and video it, I think it's the only video I took on this trip. I spent the night in a nearby town of Castellane that has a church on top of a ridge. It's a very touristic area, lots of campsites and family activities like kayaking and hiking, but the traffic was not bad at all in September. The gorge was a nice change of scenery but I was still eager to get back to the Alpes.




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  5. Moss

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    Just seen your thread, thanks for sharing and the motivation. That is definitely on my list! Oh yeah, as everyone said, great photos!

    Cheers mate, look after yourself and keep the report coming.:nod
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  6. Jim K.

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    Formidable! I was sucked into the trip by the pics of Cochem an der Mosel. They were perfect, beautifully composed. I've been up & down the river several times...first on '72 on a Heinkel Tourist that was, even then, as old as I was. The Mosel is superb. It's still achingly beautiful. Not a demanding ride, but surely one of the most scenic & rewarding on the continent. I've also toured in the Annecy, Chamonix, Val'd Aosta area. Now I have to add the Route des Alpes to the bucket list. What do you do when the bucket list fills from the bottom as fast as you can cross items off the top? Then there's the Gorges du Verdon......
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  7. Air Force Vet

    Air Force Vet Been here awhile

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    Great thread! Love the pics! I lived in Zell (Mosel) back in the late 80s and got my first street bike there too. Spent many weekends up and down the river and exploring that area of Germany. Can't wait to get back and do it again! The food and beer were almost as good as the riding! :1drink
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  8. peterdejongh

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    although I've been a zillion times in the Alps (I try to go there for a ride at least once a year for the last 25 years...) it's still a pleasure to see the great pictures in your report. it brings me in the mood again to take my bike and go for a ride again in this superb mountains...
    Thanks for sharing !
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  9. jackalsour

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    Thanks! I had high ambitions to make it to the Spanish Pyrénées as well, but that will have to come another time :1drink

    I know what you mean! :deal My list is not getting any shorter either
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    Thanks! Love your avatar as well :1drink

    Thanks for your thread of the Alps as well! I may have stole your pic of the Parpaillon tunnel

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    After criss-crossing my way back up the French Alpes, I took the Petit Saint-Bernard pass into Italy and then the Great St. Bernard Pass into Switzerland. This is one of the oldest and highest passes in the Alpes thought to be used in the Bronze Age, by the Romans, and by Napoleon. Yet it's most famous for the St Bernards that were bred in these mountains centuries ago and to eventually become the rescue dogs. Today there is a tunnel bypass that most of the transients choose. Of course I took the long way, where I found a pristine windy narrow road and surreal views. After a month of riding in the Alps I was getting pretty confident on the GS, and this black top just begged to be scraped up with the pegs. I was ripping around turns at breakneck rpms when a few Italians starting yelling at me. "Slow down!" one grabbed my arm and changed his tone "a biker just died up here"

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  12. kejago

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    Yea puts a damper on things
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    Descending into Martigny it started to rain for the second time on the trip. I decided to find a hotel and relax for the night. Tomorrow, I would be ready to make amends with the great Furka Pass. The first time I passed through Switzerland in April, I had naively stumbled upon the mighty Furka when it was buried in snow.

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    The day I rode over the Furka pass the sky was overcast so I didn't actually take any photos, but the GoPro images turned out quite alright

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    James Bond and the golden cheese kettle?
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  16. Dr LC8

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    I really like this report! I miss my Alps...:cry

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    Next time you're around drop me a line. I'm just a few klicks away and there should be at least time for a coffee or beer.

    Cheers

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  18. GB

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    This little gem of a report needs to be enjoyed by more readers.. stickied for a bit to give it more exposure. Thanks for the continued updates and the visual feast. :thumb
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    Glad to see this stickied! Hey Squawk77, that shot with the bus next to you gave me the jitters! Looks like some oncoming car was trying to pass and then the bus was passing you so to reduce the chances of a head-on with the car the bus nearly grated you against the guardrail! Scary.
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  20. jackalsour

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    OK Wow it's really a bit embarrassing to be stickied after the last truly epic thread! I get so much inspiration from this forum and I just wanted to give a bit of that back to others :freaky

    At that moment I was really like wtf :huh and baffled because I'm quite impressed with most drivers in the Alps. Now that you point out that car's position, I think you're right and more impressed than ever! Where would I have gone if not for the bus driver :eekers
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