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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Scapadu, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    As i said in the Corsica 2006 thread, here is a new thread just to show the world (and further may be) how great an island in the Mediterranee can be.

    Of course this is for me the best place in the world but believe me, i never never met someone who came to visit Corsica and did not want to come back as soon as possible! Moreover i would say that for Riders it is really a marvellous place, it is not a big island, less than 200km north to south and about 80km large west to east but has lots and lots of twisty roads.
    It is a mountain on the sea, the highest pic is 2710m and the island has 1000km long of coast.
    Out of the summer season , Corsica is not much populated, less than 300k which gives a density at 30 people per square km which make lots of free space for outdoor activities.
    Ok, lets start with a top view:
    (this one is not taken by me:rofl)

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    The main Island under Corsica is Sardignia (Italy).

    I said Corsica is a Montain on the sea, here it is:
    (this is the Capo Rosso, west of Piana)
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    You spend the warm day in the mountain:
    (this is Bocca a Soglia over Melo Lake)
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    and the end of the afternoon on the beach:
    (this is Seleccia beach at Desert des Agriates)
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    Of course you will choose to spend your day riding,
    and i can understand that, but you will sometime be
    looking for your way with traditionnal
    unreadable road sign!
    (this is the way to Piedigriggio near Ponte Leccia on the D18)
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    but finally you will finally follow your nose, smelling the parfumed air of nature, so after you lest the Bastia harbour in the early morning:
    (The St Nicolas Habour in Bastia)
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    You will start ridding the "Cappi Corsu" (north of Corsica) with a nice twisty road along the seaside:
    (on the D80 north to Macinaggio)
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    may be u'll take time for some quiet senaries, like here the Santa Maria Tower (top north of Capi Corsu):
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    or spend some time on a beach free of people:
    (north top of Capi Corsu same area as above)
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    Ok, you're fed up with beach, take a ride to the top then, have a look to this pin curve, there is many like this just waiting for you!
    (on the D180 between Luri and Col St Lucie)
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    just to reach the point where you'll see all the way you've done since you lest your towell on the beach:
    (the same D180 road taken to east from the "tour de Seneque")
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    and have a look to the next twisties coming:
    (same road D180 taken at the West down to Morsiglia)
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    just zoom out to figure what it looks like:
    (Capi Corsu, west coast in the Morsiglia area)
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    but take care and check your brakes before you reach the last curve cause if you dont make it, it will be forever!
    (on the D33 road south of Pino on the Capi Corsu west coast)
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    you now may have some rest in a peacefull place before the sun raise down:
    (this at Morsiglia, Capi Corsu west coast)
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    tonight you will have a cool beer on the shore!
    (taken in the evening on the beach of Macinaggio, Capi Corsu east coast)
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    I will be back soon for the rest of the trip!
    to be continue.
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  2. Scapadu

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    today again we leave the nice beach:
    (Palombaggia beach , south of Porto Vecchio)
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    for the high montains of Bavella;
    (at Bavella Pass)(the second is taken above the place called "trou de bombe view to the north, the mountain with the snow is the Mt Incudine)
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    or of Capitellu if you need more cool air:
    (the lake of Capitellu)
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    you may chose to have some rest by the Church before going back down:
    (the is the church 20mins of the Bavella pass when going to Paliri on the GR20)
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    riding by the small villages:
    (the village of Levie north east from the D268)
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    again:
    (the village of Gualdariccio north east of Levie on the D66)
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    looking for a bar:
    (the village of Loreto di Tallano, on the D20 north of St Lucie di Tallano)
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    trying not to lose yourself on tuny typical roads:
    (on the D120 direction of Zerubia, south of Aullène)
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    and finally find the good one!
    (Bar "le Maquis" at Zonza, a good cheap place to eat)
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    why not staying there for a monent, this is what is waiting for you:
    (the D26 between "Bocca di a Vaccia" road and Olivese)
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    with some guest on the road:
    (on the D428 from D69 "bocca di a Vaccia" road and St Pedru)
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    or nobody at all:
    (on the D69 down to south from Bocca di a Vaccia)
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    and stop of a cool peacefull river:
    (on the D69 between Ghisoni and "col de Sorba")
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    riding up thru the sorba pass:
    (same than above)
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    fresh air again on the mountain lake at Ospedale:
    (along the D368 to Porto Vecchio)
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    before having a glance at the panorama to Porto Vecchio gulf:
    (on the D368 to Porto Vecchio)
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    and reaching the famous cliff of Bonifacio:
    (taken from the east side of the cliff)
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    tomorrow is another day, to be continue...
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  3. Scapadu

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    Well, you spent a quiet night in your tent at a place looking like a
    garden:
    (taken a Peridundellu camp site, 5km west of Venaco on the D43)
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    the sky is so blue over the mountain that you can not believe it,
    but that is Corsica!
    (the Monte D'Oro, taken from Tattone, 4km of Vizzavone on the N193)
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    of course sometime, something wrong happened to the weather,
    but that is life and never last long:
    (Village of Venaco taken from Peridundellu again)
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    if that is the case, go down to the sea for a moment:
    (taken from "Pointe de la Revellata" in the Calvi gulf, no road name, just a trail way to go)
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    visit typical genovan bridges:
    (near south of Asco village and from the D147 in the Asco valley)
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    ride the track way thru the Desert of Agriate:
    (this one is a bad scan of a older photo i took on the Agriate desert trail between Bocca di Vezzu on D81 and Anse de Malfalcu on the seaside)
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    and ride the Balagna roads:
    (taken west from Village of Speluncato, which my wife Family village)
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    once the sky is back to blue,
    try the Castagnicia roads:
    (on the D71 from Cervione to Piedicroce near Ortale)
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    and it's lost villages:
    (on the D71, the village of Piedicroce)
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    unless you prefer the west side and the Speluncato canyon and the fresh air village of Evisa (elev.1000m):
    (east and up from Porto on the D84)
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    unless you chose to spend your last night watching the sunset in Porto:
    (yes it is Porto, on the east coast, no need to explain this is to much known:lol3 , exept that Porto is not a Village but a "Marine", the real village is Ota above on the D124, saluti a te Pierre-Cyril!)
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    A ringrazia vi. Scapa.
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  4. Scapadu

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    Hereunder are some link, in case you would like to go (yes)!
    I choose those which having pages in English.

    The ferries:
    http://www.corsicaferries.com/
    http://www.sncm.fr/
    Ferries to and from Sardigna:
    http://www.viamare.com/moby-bonifacio-santateresa.html

    By air:
    http://www.aircorsica.com/

    Tourism in the Corte area:
    http://www.corte-tourisme.com/
    Tourism in the capi Corsu:
    http://www.destination-cap-corse.com/
    General Tourism information for Corsica:
    http://www.toute-la-corse.com/
    http://www.visit-corsica.com/grand_public/

    Learn Corsican:
    http://www.adecec.net/home.html
    List of camp site in Corsica:
    http://www.abccamping.com/corse.htm

    Want to purchase Corsican products:
    http://www.corsican-products.com/page.php
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  5. Otherguy

    Otherguy First World Traveler

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    And don't forget Corsican music. I was sitting in a cafe in Porto and they were playing some captivating a cappella men's choir on the stereo. I asked about it, and was told it was traditional Corsican music. Later, in Corte, I bought two cds, one traditional (Val Voce), one more modern (Polyphonies). Not for everybody, as I've been told when I play it :lol3 , but I like it.
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  6. Scapadu

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    You can listen to the Corsican Radio if you wish:
    http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/france-bleu/?tag=corse
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  7. Mandarax

    Mandarax internet insultant

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    Try I Muvrini. Perhaps the most famous more traditional music export from the isle of beauty.
    I Muvrini at Wikipedia
    I Muvrini at Amazon
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  8. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    Well done Nicolas!

    The way you've presented Corsica is different and far better than any tour report could have done...maybe that is why.

    From the looks of your photos, I take it you have some serious camera equipment. Your 2nd photo had quite a bit of curvature. You surely used a wide angle lens.
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  9. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    Nic, was that taken from the N193 east of Ponte Leccia while looking to the north towards Campitello...maybe?

    Some captions with the locations would be nice...or are we going to play a guessing game? :wink:
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  10. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    This one is taken from Peridundellu, under Venaco when you go done the D43.

    Ok with you , and I will add some location informations along my thread.
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  11. Scapadu

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    My personnal current equipment is just a Nikon Coolpix, but this particular picture was taken by my wife with her nice canon equipment (i am not much of a specialist myself in photo equipment:evil)
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  12. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Mama mia, signore ! voglio andare adesso !

    Please, Scapa, stop immediatly this thread, you're killing us !

    :clap :clap :clap

    When do we live ? I'm going to euromer for the tickets.

    /thierry

    ps: song "bella mare" in the head
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  13. Scapadu

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    Si aspetta! Vieni, vieni!
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  14. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    I took the D180 from the east to the west coast and back. Was it that twisty? Nice!

    Here by the way are the coordinates of a tricky hairpin on the D268 if you take it from Solenzara to Zonza. That puts you on the tight inside going uphill very steeply. There are no >>>> signs in Corsica advising you of an upcoming tight right hairpin. I came up on it fast and also had a car coming downhill in the middle of it at the same time. I've been at this a while and wondered how some of the riders back home would have handled it. :wink:

    N41 49.948 E9 18.222

    Later that evening while staying at Mare e Festa in Solenzara, a couple on a pair of Triumphs that were also staying there advised me to take the road from Porto-Vecchio to Zonza to Solenzara and that it was better in that direction due to a tight hairpin along the way. I said (in German), "yeah I know, I took it the other way and found out". A bit late for that advice. :D

    Great pics, Nic. You can post more. I can't wait till next year.
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  15. Global Rider

    Global Rider Alps Adventurer

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    BEWARE of Falling Rocks takes on a whole new meaning when you come across one at the exit of a tight hairpin. This one was about a meter cube.

    Taken on the Gorges de l'Asco road.

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  16. Scapadu

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    Yes this is this one really, i hope you also tried the D35 just above north, it is another peace of cake :wink:


    Once you have been in Corsica, you do understand they would need so many road sign of that kind that it would just be a wall of >>>> all alone the roads :rofl
    The solution is to put one over your dash board so that you do think there is one everywhere:rofl
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  17. Scapadu

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    I dont know if this is your....cup of tea, but Corsica is also a place for good food specialy for "Carne", "charcuterie" in french, something delicatessen i english i think. But this is the top one like herunder with Salciccia and Coppa.
    Very good stuff at pit stop between 2 rides:wink:
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  18. macamoose

    macamoose Been here awhile

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    Scapadu, that looks spectacular.

    It is rare in America to find any dish like that, maybe in the North End of Boston.

    Corsica is definitely on the must visit list. What a beautiful island, simply amazing.

    Thank you,

    Thad
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  19. pburke

    pburke Talks more than he rides

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    It's been a long time since I have seen view from Corsica I didn't know already. Your photos are great since they are not the usual post card angles you get on the internet.

    I think I'll be scanning some of my old slides to add to the collection here :)

    it's been a few years since I last looked at my photos from Corsica, so that will be quite fun to revisit.

    I doubt I'll ever ride a motorcycle on the island - too much to see up in the mountains where you can get to only on foot :)

    Really miss the place - had a friend in Venaco who probably isn't alive anymore. If you ever get there in your travels, ask for Sylvestre Rinieri - he used to be the self-appointed traffic regulator at the narrow spot on the main road in the middle of town.

    Do they still let you ride that little train across the mountains with your feet dangling out the luggage compartment, or have the safety nazis arrived in Corsica as well? :D

    Peter

    oh - some pix from the 80s:

    http://didnt.doit.wisc.edu/outdoor/corsica_01.html
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  20. Scapadu

    Scapadu Motomaniac

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    Your pics are great, the end of the 70s was my favourite period in Corsica:cry . I have many old slides and paper photo from Corsica to as i switch to electronic camera 2 year ago only
    Most of the time i spend 70% of my time hicking the many trail way of the island, there is still much i have never done, which is not the case for the roads beacause to rode all of them several time already.
    I almost each year go in this area as i have old friends at Vivario and Tattone a few KM from Venaco. I will see that next trip.
    I think you may be disapointed, they did not implement some "safety nazis system" (this would for sure not last long in Corsica), but for safety, reliability and comfort, they have started this year to renew the track way and brend new train will be in place shortly, those are with air conditionning and for sure will no more allow this kind of fun.

    Hope to see you one day there, with a bike, there is good bike rental there (with bike like Yamaha 600XT, with is in fact the very best for twisty Corsica).


    A dopo. Scapa.
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