Route des Grandes Alpes en Moto

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jackalsour, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    So far on my two trips around western Europe I've felt quite blessed with good weather and nothing but great encounters and experiences. It's not a hair-rising trip by ADV standards, but friends and family do worry and call me crazy to ride so much solo none the less. I'm feeling quite comfortable with the new bike and gear now to explore the more "adventurous" parts of Europe in the future, but to ride the Alps was a truly astounding experience I will never forget! I rode home on the German autobahn in a bit of rain but feeling quite thoroughly satisfied, dreaming about the next escape.

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    Back into Deutschland, where speed has no limit
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    What only 95 or 98? Normally they sell 103! :lol3
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  2. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    1. September is the PERFECT time to go to the Alpes! It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, most of the tourists are gone, and the mountains tops have that dusting fresh snow.

    2. The drastic changes in altitude, temperature and pressure cause condensation almost immediately inside the sealed GoPro case = 1000’s of ruined pics :(:

    3. Never ask for “stationnement” for your bike in France. They will look at you as if you have 3 heads.

    4. Never order a Cappuccino in Italy after breakfast. It seems to be the equivalent of ice cold beer in Germany. You’re doing it wrong!!

    5. Moldy blue cheese is actually damn good stuff

    Thanks for looking
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  3. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Sorry about the loss of Gopro pics, the ones you got are awesome,
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  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I thought so too and was subscribed. Spectacular traveling.
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  5. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD style="BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset" class=alt2>Originally Posted by Wal2 [​IMG]
    next fav place is Dusseldorf, love that city,

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

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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>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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    thanks....will do
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  6. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    I would like to know the story on the wolves, they look almost tame and as if they were inviting you to eat with them, or maybe be eaten, :lol3

    Fantastic photos though, absolutely beautiful, in fact :clap
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  7. jackalsour

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    From what I understood (hard for me to follow all the French about wolves) gray wolves returned to the French Alpes naturally in the '90s. Now people and wolves have never really got along.. and lots of farmers have sheep graze these mountains high and low. This park has several actual wolf packs in large enclosures with a few subtle viewing points. You can see the packs behave like wolf packs, I could very easily tell who the Alpha male was (the one with the broad head who distinctly led the group) The guide told me they're having trouble to get them to breed though and you can rarely add a new wolf to a pack... so this park may have to be closed to visitors in the future.

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    Now the Italian Maremma is bred specifically to fend off the wolves. Although they bond with people, they can't really be domesticated as they prefer to live independently outside with lots of freedom. Like the wolves, they seem to be very adaptable and strategically minded. These dogs don't run up to you for some petty attention or follow any command, they evaluate you as a potential threat and just wait for you to leave. I found them really interesting to see as well. When you think about it, the Maremma allows the supposed hundreds of wolves to live free in the Alpes today! (by keeping them away from human contact)

    A very young Italian Maremma I met in the Alpes
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  8. Olirider

    Olirider Been here awhile

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    Hello again,

    Thanks for the nice Ride Report !

    1. I completely agree : first 2 weeks of September are the best to ride the Alps. (you don't get too much ice inside the Parpaillon tunnel) But it can be cold at night. It was freezing at night when I camped in Val D'Isere last September...

    3. :D . The usage is to park anywhere where you don't block the way to pedestrians or vehicles.

    5. You are beginning to understand French Culture : Moldiness is not always a biological weapon ! :freaky Roquefort with a nice Bourgogne !
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  9. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Awesome RR!

    Many thanks,

    JM.
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  10. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Fantastic! I can only dream of such a trip! :clap:clap:clap
    I thought about a gopro set up but getting a bug in the lens can sure ruin a lot of pictures. Heck, I even got a bug in the lens of my hand held camera last year and messed up about 100 pictures before seeing it. Bet I check it lots closer now at every stop.
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  11. chain driven

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    Just got to say thanks squawk77 for a really great and very inspiring report
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  12. on2wheels52

    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    And of course some killer photos squawk.
    The GoPro ones are the best I've seen, they really capture the feeling of riding in the Alps.
    I expect under the best of conditions one would discard a bunch. But at least you doesn't have to pay to have them developed. But trying to shoot with a regular camera leaves a lot to be desired (at least for me).
    I haven't made it to the Gandes Alpes yet, perhaps I can manage another ride in europe before my wife puts a stop to them.
    Jim
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  13. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    perfect scenery and fantastic skill with the lens...
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  14. Fredfredburger

    Fredfredburger CTRL ALT DEL

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    Great report! Love the "onboard" feel of your photos.
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  15. AdvSplash

    AdvSplash Find the world

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    Excellent Report, I'm off to do the same route in May, from the 11th to the 25th this year and can't wait to see those views in person, lovely!
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  16. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the amazing RR. It makes the winter here pass a little faster.
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  17. jackalsour

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    Yes that's exactly the stuff! Roquefort cheese :D Lots of good fromage chèvre everywhere as well, even at McDonald's with an espresso :lol3

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  18. jackalsour

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    Oddly I don't even remember cleaning many bugs off my bike on this trip at all! I've got some anti-fog strips for the GoPro now because it usually fogged up within minutes on the mountains

    I know the feeling all too well... but spring is coming! I'll be on vacation in 2 weeks :deal
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  19. cristiano78

    cristiano78 Adventurer

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    Very nice RR ... keep it going ;)

    p.s. can I ask you the model and manifacturer of the panniers :deal that you are using? are U happy with them?
    tnX
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  20. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Thanks for posting up those great pictures. :clap

    David