Tornanti_3...ABRACADABRA! (Western Alps Backroads Ramble)

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  1. glitch_oz

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    WELCOME to Tornanti_3, another 3-week adventure of a half-dozen Aussies stumbling around the European Alps.
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  2. glitch_oz

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    It'd taken another 4 years to get cranked up for the sequel, but time was good, the Aussie-$$ flying high, the September-October time slot perfect as ever after a wet European summer...and the third "Tornanti" rumbled away in its usual haphazard style.

    This time is was the backblocks of the western half of the European Alps, discovering the southern parts of Switzerland, then follow the Main Alpine Ridge south to the Mediterranean Coast, bouncing back and forth across the Italian-French border on the smallest and most scenic roads and tracks to be found.

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    From historical fetes at Swiss castles...

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    to delicious single-laners after some fresh snow high up...


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    Breathtaking vistas of the Main Alpine Ridge


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    Some weird rocks you can ride through


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    A bit of getting lost here and there


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    Cruising above Lake Geneva


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    Snoozing in some incredible digs in the vineyards oif the Lower Valais, own wine-cellar included.


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    Looking at the Roof-of-Europe...


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    ...to being ON the Roof-of-Europe.


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    Oh yeah....and there were a few bends here and there.


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    Some awkward encounters...


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    ...and lunches

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    Laughs and guffaws until the tears came


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    Some "soul-food"


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    A 3-week Tour-De-Force.... from bumpy goat-tracks...



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    ....to tiny, local micro-breweries


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    and places too impressive for words


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    Staying in tiny hamlets...


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    ...with awesome food...


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    ...and excellent vino....



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    ...some local wildlife


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    Stunning shots from stunning locations


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    Sometimes things turned to shyte...


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    ...or soaking wet

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    Places

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    ...and gobsmacking roads.


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    3 weeks, 4000k's....and these two had enough... wonder why?[​IMG]


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    The whole "10 yards" with over 1750 stumping pics is right here:

    Tornanti #3....ABRACADABRA
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  3. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Subscribed!!! :lurk
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    OK....got the goss.
    It's an "insect hotel!!
    Apparently to keep insects in the neighbourhood to keep the birds around.
    Yo, makes sense...
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    Great to have you along :freaky
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    LOL... I have said that more than a few times myself!
    Did I happen to mention it was 75°F and sunny EVERY day in Spain :hide

    more pics! :clap
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    I think I read that somewhere...but wrote it off as a blatant lie :wink::lol3:lol3
    All that rain that day made the next day all that much sweeter...THAT one turned out a stunner.:huh
    Thanks for tagging along, we'll make a ride out of it yet :-)
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    no worries
    its brilliant mate!
    I can almost smell the frozen rain soaked air!
    and yes the flashing "it's cold out" no shit!! BMW light is a laugh! :thumb
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    Nice to hear you enjoy. :clap
    Some nice stuff coming up, too.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    fantastic!

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    Stunning little road going up to the Col du Sanetsch, the vistas are something else.
    Thanks for looking in :freaky
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    …climbing back on the bike for a slow crawl across the short Col de la Croix.

    Trying to stitch some accommodation for tonight, I'm faced with a waterfall in French that make the little Nokia pop its rivets.
    The friendly and excited female voice on the other side is somewhere near Martigny and finally I get my 3 words in, asking for the chance to stay a couple of nights as the weather looks like it could hang in for another pearler.

    I get another serve of how to find the place, a tiny B+B in a typical local house in the vineyards above Fully, across the valley from Martigny.
    Renovated and modernized recently with local timbers and materials and enough space to hold the 6 of us. No worries, we'll find the place…found everything else in the past.

    With that sorted, here are the next 17k's into the town of Les Diablerets then…let the pix do the talking.


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  13. g®eg

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    two :thumb :thumb up!! :clap
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    no worries...
    its my Monday morning at work w/ a coffee cause I don't feel like doing shit way to start the week :thumb
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    just noticed the "keep right" :lol3

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    Yeah, well...it's sort of important to us :lol3
    Back home again and I need "keep left" stickers now.:huh:D
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    Balancing rocks in Valais - where?
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    Pretty much exactly...HERE.


    http://goo.gl/maps/DpCwT

    Down-valley on the main road from Euseigne and...ride straight through them. :-)

    I'll lay off this RR for a few days, only found out last night what happened to a very good friend of mine.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=928530
    Don't want to spoil the story here...and he would kick me up the bum if I would.
    But I need a few days to get a handle on things.
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  20. g®eg

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    sorry for your loss Pete :cry
    RIP Jim....


    small world eh? damn...
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