Bavaria and surroundings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by franken, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Hi all,
    flood has gone, all fine now.
    This weekend i was in my hometown Bayreuth for a 10k run.

    Some impressions:

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    Day before race, downtown Bayreuth

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    Get energy

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    Before the Start

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    After the race

    Afterraceparty at Krug-Bräu Breitenlesau

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    Energy again

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    Krug Bräu

    and some bike-related ;-)
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    Bike of the day.

    My KTM goes to garage today, getting new shoes, (Conti Trail Attack 2)

    to be continued
    have fun
    Andreas
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  2. Oldschoolrocker

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    Ach du lieber!!!! Forget the 10k run. I’ll take that Schnitzel and potatoe salad 7 days a week!! Haha!! Great stuff Andreas! Thanks again!
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  3. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Hi all,
    so - flood is gone, jogging is done and last sunday was a real sun day. :-) So i did some riding - here we go.

    map of tour:
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    profile:

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    left home early ;-) round 10 in the morning. :-)
    didn't had a plan where to go - so just going and decide spontaniously. Passed Penzberg, didn't use the highway to Garmisch, passed Murnau and Staffelsee, went on a small curvy road torwards Füssen.

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    First stop for a pic -- Rottenbuch -- had a huge fire some weeks ago in the monastery. Lost their roof.

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    road through the house in Rottenbuch

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    reminder for the looses of Rottenbuch WW I and II

    On direction Füssen (Kings Castle) and reached Hopfen am See. (Lake Hopfensee).

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    Lot of tourists this weekend

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    lake and mountains of Allgäu

    Next went to Pfronten and up to Thannheimer Tal. Next highlight "Oberjoch Passroad" -- sorry no pics - road is a dream of curves -- no space to stop for Fotos.

    Decided to go to ..

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    the town you might know from "Vier Schanzen Tournee" (Ski jump event in Winter in 4 Cities )

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    Oberstdorf (the other stages of the ski jump are Garmisch, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen).

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    Behind Oberstdorf the area is called "Kleinwalsertal". It's located in Austria - road is a dead end.
    (Wiki engl) and in (German, more text)
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    cows at home

    to go on in Austria i wanted to take Riedberg passroad - but it was closed. So i had to do some extra km.

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    Großer Alpsee at Immenstadt
    some km later -- Austria again. So next direction was Arlberg.

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    following a river

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    with nice views

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    passing egg (the town in Austria)

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    beginning of "Hochtannberg pass road".

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    Austrian road art - as good as in Switzerland


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    Hochtannberg - close to the top

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    famous Arlberg ski area -- Lech / Warth / Zurs / Arlbergt

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    the way i came up

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    small road to Lech

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    Closer look

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    between Lech and Arlberg passroad

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    the way i came (from Lech)


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    mountain nearby (and ski area)

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    it was one of these days -- if you greet them all - you drive one-handed the hole day. :-)

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    well known top of the passroad

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    view direction St. Anton

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    other direction (the way i came ;-) )

    So i ride down to Landeck -- and had so much fun -- so i decided to go to ....

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    Kaunertaler Gletscherstraße

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    12 € later i passed the first snow (12 € is the toll for the road).

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    in the first part you pass a dam

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    the target at the end of the valley - right up

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    beginn of the final climb

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    into the snow area

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    round 25 km up

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    fantastic views

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    at the top ...

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    ... meet 3 cool bikers from England ... (third is behind me)

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    official is 2750m alt., navi always shows some difference
    so - nearly 180 km to go home - so let's go

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    near the top - look the direction i came up (Kaunertal is a dead end - you have to go back the same way)

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    still a lot of snow in the alps

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    Stelvio, Timmelsjoch and some more pass roads are still closed

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    cool (not so much 7° C)

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    nice frozen lake and one of the 29 hairpins

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    lets have a closer look

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    even on the lake ;-)

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    some curves more down

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    waterfall

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    closer look

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    this bunche of snow wasn't where when i rode up

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    but no problem to pass -- road officials told that this happens every day in these days.
    So i went to Landeck and Isny. Passroad to Garmisch was incredible full of cars - so i went on to Telfs[​IMG]

    Mountain near Telfs, last light

    Then up to Mittenwald, Krünn and

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    Walchensee.

    down to Kochel and back home.

    hope you enjoyed the tour.

    to be continued ....

    have fun

    Andreas
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  4. Oldschoolrocker

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    Wow!! What a great ride as usual. Love the hairpin road! And you mentioning “Kleinwalsertal” brought back memories for me. We skiid there once on a great trip with my Mother. Thanks Andreas!
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  5. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    this saturday i gonna ride to Italy - near Cuneo, to an Africa Twin Meeting wich i organize one or two times a year. (Webpage). Will be back Friday with some pics. :-)
    If some is nearby - feel free to join us. (more info)

    have fun
    Andreas
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  6. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Near Cuneo in Italy with friends now 20190608_172047.jpg 20190609_171320.jpg
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  7. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Some rain today 20190610_110210.jpg IMG-20190610-WA0002.jpg
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    Thank you so much for these spectacular pictures of your part of the world. What is most amazing to me is the absolute void of any trash/litter anywhere. Maybe there's a team of litter patrol types of people that clean the streets and towns or maybe it's just respect and pride. Sadly, here in the USA, it's the exact opposite. It's shocking to see the amount of filth/garbage/litter/trash we Americans throw onto the streets with no regards for human decency. I hope to tour your country some day, on a motorcycle.
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  9. franken

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    Some of today in Italy
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  11. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Today Grasse, some small Cols, Col de Cayolle, Col de la Bonette, Col de Vars. Ended in Briancon. 20190613_153918.jpg 20190613_134747.jpg 20190613_164152.jpg 20190613_134837.jpg
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  12. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Today some of the best easy offroad near Susa, Sestriere and Bardoneccia. 20190614_114732.jpg 20190614_141014.jpg 20190614_142725.jpg 20190614_163508.jpg
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  13. beemerbum55

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    Wonderful photos Andreas. I lived in Stat Augsburg while in Army for three years. Just love Bavaria region...so beautiful. I rode my Yamaha 600 Diversion everywhere in Summer of 1994. Good times.
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  14. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    Hi, was very busy last weeks -- but -- let's go on.

    ATIC-Meeting near Cuneo, italy -- Part 1

    map of the tour:
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    profile:
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    As you have seen from my mobile uploads - i've been in the French alps to meet with some Africa Twin friends (like every year we meet somewhere in Europe and have fun).
    Heres the more detailed story.

    and the pics. :-)

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    the obligatory "start" pic

    Tina had to work, one of our turtles was in hospital - so i had to go alone.

    Day one was easy going through the alps. I passed Arlberg-passroad and found a small Hotel at Feldkirch, near Swiss border.
    Next morning ..

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    Liechtenstein border - no control (Wiki -- check here)

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    inside Liechtenstein - some km later i entered Switzerland (Heidi-Land, check here)

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    I passed Chur and went direction Oberalp pass, Furka pass was still closed, so i took Luckmanier pass - and the rain catched me.

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    impressive waterfall at the end of the Luckmaier decent.

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    next big tourist area - Lago Maggiore (Wiki here) Crossed the next border into Italy

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    view

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    not the best weather, but nice

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    close to Milano airport i found a cool Restaurant -- very good food

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    between Asti and Barolo (famous wine area) (Wiki)

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    late afternoon i passed Cuneo and reached Entraque - the town of our meeting. Some friends already arrived.

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    main place in the city -- we had some Pizza this night.

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    next day - we went south - first to legendary "Col de Tende".

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    no luck with the weather here. 15 m sight. (but no rain the hole day)

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    the small "Off-road-part" with all the hairpins was closed. So we went down same way we came up.

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    we passed Tende tunnel and entered France.

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    getting warmer from that point on

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    we tried to find a small road into the mountains

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    well made

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    but was a dead end - road closed because national park beginns here

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    so back again and over the next pass road to Sospel (Beginn of famous Col de Turini) (Wiki)

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    have some drinks.

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    we went on south, on small remote and steep roads

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    sometimes you need to stop

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    and get cool views

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    castle nearby

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    nice hills around

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    and very nice small towns.
    So back to basecamp late afternoon.

    Next day we wanted to have a look to "Maira - Stura - Road".
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    First followed a nice river

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    good place for pics

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    then we started to go up

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    impressive church nearby

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    look back we way we came.

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    closer to the top

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    searching for marmots

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    found none (but saw a lot during the tour)

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    top of the road

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    Valle Maira, Valle Stura -- that's what we wanted to do, but ....
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    still a lot of snow in the mountains -- so first road -- not possible. Second ....

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    we tried, but ... (too many roadsigns)

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    after 2 km we faced a snow-field. It was too long, and too steep. We have to ....

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    look around and ...

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    turn the bikes around

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    not much space, slippery gras, wet. ...

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    but easy to turn on the main stand

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    nearly done. :-)

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    and go on again -- Quick job with 4 "heavy" bikes. :-)

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    a bit extra "off-road".

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    so we had to go down same road we came up -- but we found a fantastic restaurant on the way down. All food self made.

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    After some km - we went up the next small road. (nature vs mankind)

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    some lost places

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    had a closer look

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    pic dosen't show how steep it was. (but not too difficult to ride)

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    name of the col.
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    what we call "easy off-road". ;-)

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    down to next valley

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    time to get some pics.
    So back to base camp and we had some good food for our last night. Next day we started our way back home.

    to be continued ....
    have fun

    Andreas
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  15. Oldschoolrocker

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    Boy Andreas...I always know you’ll have some incredible stuff when I get an alert you posted!! Just awesome and thanks again. You really get to put some K/M ‘s on your bike in some of the most beautiful places. Prosst!!!
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    Franken. Great job on the RR and thanks.

    I will be in Austria and the Dolomites this coming September. I like your pics and made me think to ride the areas you had been to. Hope the snow will be gone by then.

    Might even visit Munich and the KTM factory.
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    I've seen a little of Bavaria and Austria and loved it. Magnificent countryside. Enjoyed your reports.:clap
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  18. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    @Oldschoolrocker: thank you
    @NSFW: Snow could come back in September in the central alps sometimes. Maybe we meet in the subway in Munich. (meet a rtw-rider 2 weeks ago when he asked me for the next train).

    So - on with the report --
    ATIC Meeting was over - i had some days left to go home. Tina was at work, one of our turtles in Hospital.
    so -- here we go.

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    half of the first day back i rode with one of my italian friends - Francesco.

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    Col de la Lombarde (Italy - French - Border), Ski area Isola 2000

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    some additional meter up

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    view direction Italy

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    cool

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    still too much snow in the alps.

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    after Col del la Lombarde i splitt from Franceso - he went north, i went south - following the "Route des Grandes alpes".

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    reached Col de Turini from north. (Rally Monte Carlo - legendary pass road)

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    great French road-building - or the art of French road building

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    Top of Col de Turini - not high, but fantasitc curves, close to the med.sea

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    i followed a small road, haven't seen this one when i was there years ago, and ...

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    it was fantastic -- one way - right go in - on the left the way out.

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    after 3 km -- a battlefield from WW II

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    original tank

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    went on - found more pices of WW II

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    a farm in the background

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    French - Italy border area -- View south, Col de Tende nearby. (Ligurische Grenzkammstraße)

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    more ruins

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    on my way back down - they came up -- (very cool and well trained dogs working)

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    went on more south, main road at Col de Turini was closed, so took the other one - also very curvy, very nice views.

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    reached Nice (Nizza). took a very small road through the hills, when went down to ...

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    see the sea. :-)

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    obligatory pic -- when i reach the Med. sea.

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    after 3 min. police came and told me to go on -- No parking, no parking -- Me: hey, just one pic. They: go on, go on.

    Some more km between Cannes and Grasse a IBIS Budget was my place for the night. A good Restaurant close to the Hotel refilled my energy. It was very hot during the hole day.

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    Next day - first view - Grasse -- City of parfume.

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    Center of Grasse

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    view to the med sea

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    more up the road - view to the historic center

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    so close to the sea

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    more high above Grasse. Med sea still in the background

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    I followed some small roads - and reache a "Gorge".


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    I love this kind of roads.

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    After some very nice curvy km i reached Entrevaux.

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    Beginn of the red rock zone like Danluis gorge, Road blocked. So had to go back.

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    to reach - one of my favourites -- "Col de la Cayolle". (Lots of Marmots on the road).

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    top of Cayolle. (a lot of historic old cars where on a rally)

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    Cayoll other side

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    Caution: Marmot at work

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    way down - nice waterfall

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    meet an Italian with a very nice "Africa Twin" at Barcelonette. -- Invited him to the next ATIC-Meeting. ;-)
    Barcelonett is a good base camp for riding a lot of cool pass-roads.
    My next was....

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    Col de la Bonette -- on of the highest European roads. (2800 m)

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    lots of bikers up here

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    back to Barcelonette

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    and up to one of the next famous places...

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    tried to reach the legendary tunnel of Col du Parpillon. (but turned back here because it was late and i was alone - no risk)

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    and had an international bike meeting 5 km more down -- he came with his GS, and guy from Austria with his Mountain bike and an GS from Norway -- all offroad and rtw experianced. We spoke for 45 min, when i continued to go down.

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    one more pass road to go. Col de Vars.

    Booked a Hotel in Briancon and had a very good Pizza downtown.

    to be continued with the last 2 days of my way back home -- soon .... :-)

    have fun
    Andreas
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  19. franken

    franken Been here awhile

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    so -- the final part of the ATIC-Meetig story -- the last 2 days back home. let's go on. :-)

    Leaving Briancon -- direction Italy. a day to start with a pass road -- hmmm -- nice.

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    the view back to Briancon. The big military fortress in the center of the hill in the valley.

    So after 20 km i was back in Italy. First try -- Assietta pass road -- (easy off-road). So went to Sestriere and up the hill

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    but Assietta was closed because of snow.

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    so only took the first pass from Sestriere and went back down the same road.

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    nice view - not the best weather

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    some km later -- Forte di Fenestrelle.

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    closer look - very impressive

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    so up again - to the other end of Assietta -- Col Finestre-- a lot of traffic. :-)

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    road closed. - then closed - never go in -- if the police catch you (and they do a lot) you pay a lot of €€€€

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    top of the pass - look down to Susa.

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    way down -- easy to ride.

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    some road repair in progress

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    beautyful italian road sign. (even sounds good when you speak it out) Strrrrada delll Colllle dellle Finestrrree

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    look down to SUSA

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    some more km from Susa - to Bardoneccia -- Home of the Stella Alpina

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    Refugio - host of the Stella Alpina Base Camp

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    next Bike - Meeting -- at the waterfall. 4 German, 3 Dutch.

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    i had to turn round and go back down again - too much snow on the road

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    nice way back down to Bardoneccia

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    Passed the 12 km Frejus Tunnel to the next valley. (30€ toll -- quite much). Found the next fortress.

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    and the next col. Col de l'Iseran -- 2770 m

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    as often writte here -- a lot of snow still there

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    but melting :-)

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    a german Africa Twin at the top of the pass

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    Val d'Isere -- suprised me with this

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    huge bike

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    and this one.

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    i booked a Hotel in Albertville. So i had to cross the beautyful Cormet de Roselend.
    Had a quick Pizza and a good sleep in a cheap Hotel.

    Next day -- Clouds before me - heavy rain behind me. (but most of the day was dry for me).

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    after some very nice cury km i reached Chamonix (Mt Blac). Couldn't see Europe's highest mountain .. but suddenly ... (was in an area you can't stop, i did, and after 1 min the police was behind me, but they have been friendly to me -- no fee).

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    clouds open up - to give me a short look.

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    Aiguille du Midi 3842 m alt. (was up there last time as a child). Website

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    Mont Blanc - 4810m alt (French view - Italian view is differend) ;-)

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    a last look back - closer to Swiss border

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    so out of Europe - into Switzerland. :-) -- Martigny. At the beautyful rhone valley.

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    wine area. (french speacking part of Suisse).

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    I ride direction Montreux (Jazz festival), but went right some km before. Pased Gstad (famous ski resort - expensive area). Simmental - typical house.

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    rescue training on a mountain river

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    Thunersee near Interlaken

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    an open air festival took place at Interlaken - had a short look (was evakuated in the late afternoon because of storms).

    I wanted to pass Sustenpass - but was closed because of snow - Grimsel was open, but no option for me, because Furka in my direction was even closed. So i went more north and went to

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    Luzern and Vierwaldstätter See.

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    next was Zugersee

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    Then Zürichsee crossing at Rapperswil.

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    closer to Austrian Border -- Appenzeller cheese factory

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    last picture -- Lake Konstanz. (you see Switzerland, Austria and Germany on this pic) at sunset.
    I went on the German highway and it started to rain at Memmingen. 50 km later i parked at a gas station at Landsberg Lech. Couldn't see anything because of heavy rain. Waited on hour in that heavy thunderstorm, when could go on slow for the next 20 km.
    Then i was out of the rain - reached Munich and 30 min later home.

    to be continued....
    have fun
    Andreas
    #79
  20. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
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    Location:
    Huntsville , Al
    Fantastic scenery and the riding looks like a blast! :clap:clap:clap:clap

    Thanks for posting!
    #80