A taste of the Alps

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  1. Stara Varos

    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    In 2019 my travel plans were completed with a multi-day trip in mid-June to the Alps region, mainly to Austria and northern Italy. It is a popular motorcycle destination, which while not requiring much preparation and organization, is not inferior to other destinations in Europe or the Balkans, mainly due to the inconceivable beauty of the mountain routes.

    I chose to debark in the northernmost italian port, Venice, without a route plan to follow, but having a general idea of what i want to see and where to go.

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    Day 1: Venice – Lago di Resia

    Highlights of the day some of the most famous mountain passes: Passo del Tonale, Gavia, Umbrail and Stelvio.

    Passo del Tonale, SS42, 1.884 m.

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    Passo di Gavia, SP29, 2.652 m.

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    Passo Umbrail, SS38, 2.501 m.

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    The mountain pass on the Swiss-Italian border connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in the Adda Valley. On the Italian side, it is connected to the Stelvio Pass, while it is the highest asphalt road in Switzerland..

    Passo dello Stelvio, SS38, 2.757 m.

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    The day ended near the small Tyrolean village of Curon Venosta, on the border with Austria. To be precise, the whole village is submerged under the water of Lake Resia, except for the church bell tower.

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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    Day 2: Lago di Resia - Unterach am Attersee

    The day's route included entry into Austria and passing through Innsbruck, Salzburg, Fuschl am See lakes and finally from St. Gilgen, where i stayed overnight in the backyard of a polite local, somewhere near Lake Unterach am Attersee.

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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    Day 3 & 4: around lake Unterach am Attersee

    The whole area has an ideal provincial road network for motorcycle exploration, which stretches along the lakes Attersee, Mondsee and Egelsee (Unterach). Among other places, i visited the famous Hallstatt and Zell am See.

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    Hallstatt

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    Zell am See

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    My five-star free camping ground for a night, somewhere outside Hallstatt.

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    Day 5: Hallstatt - Lienz

    I finally rode the high Alpine road «Grossglockner», one of the reasons i made this trip. At the end of the day, i stayed in Linz, Austria.

    Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse

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    Edelweisspitze peak, 2.571 m.

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    Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe visitors' centre, 2.369 m. Views to Pasterze glacier.

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    Here's a [1080p quality] video of mine riding the Grossglockner High Alpine Road.

    «Riding the Grossglockner» - Großglockner Hochalpenstraße, Austria

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    Day 6: Lienz - Cortina d' Ampezzo

    I left Lienz and Austria behind me and, after entering Italy, i headed for Lake Misurina (Lago di Misurina SS51, SP49). I visited the Auronzo shelter at the beginning of the trail for Tre Cime (3 Peaks of Lavaredo) and closed my day camping outside of Cortina.

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    Day 7: Cortina d'Ampezzo - Rimini

    Highlights of the day some of the famous mountain passes, like Passo Giau, Fedaia – Marmolada, Canazei, riding with initial destination the city of Trento and then in the direction of Rimini, where i spent a night. I can say that the whole Dolomites area would be worth expanding my schedule at least by two days, as the mountain passes are countless and really call you to ride them all.

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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    Day 8: Rimini - Ancona

    To fill my day until i boarded the ship from Ancona, i chose to visit the fifth smallest country in the world, the Republic of St. Marino. I didn't get to see much, but i will definitely return to my next visit.

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    Instead of an epilogue, i quote the last photo of my trip. On board, heading to Igoumenitsa, Hellas. Safe roads everyone.

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  11. andydj31

    andydj31 In Techno we trust...

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    You were at my house ... the Dolomites are my favorite roads! :D
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    Thank you so much, I needed that. I was about to book my rental bike for the year when this whole storm of crazy started. It is great to see pictures of some of my favorite rides.
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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    If its your house, then prepare to have me as a permanent guest :1drinkloved it!!
    See u on the road bro @andydj31
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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    Thanks @Pongo for the read and comment! C u on the road!
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    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    You take much better photos than I do :vardy
    What was the toll for Grossglockner, was 22 euro the last time I was there.
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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    C'mooon @on2wheels52 that cant be true (let me see yours :D )
    Not sure how much was the toll, maybe around 25-30€, but worth every last cent
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    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    Stara Varos Been here awhile

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    on2wheels52 Long timer

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    I thought you liked crooked roads :dunno
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  20. NSFW

    NSFW who else would love noobs? Super Supporter

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    nice to see the Alps through someone else's eyes.

    i have my bike in Thessaloniki and don't think i'll be able fly out there and ride this year. can't wait for 2021.
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