Dolce Vita

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NikiDc, Nov 2, 2007.

  1. NikiDc

    NikiDc Adventurer

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    Hey,I'm Nik from Belgium (Europe) and this is my first report.

    This summer I've been riding in Central-Italy. In the Abruzzi region to be correct. A beautifull wild region just an hour from Rome.

    To get there I rode about 2000km, that's about 1300miles???. The first 400k's are quite boring beceause I took the German Autobahn. Ofcourse you can test the top-speed of your bike. Wich isn't to high if you're riding an Yamaha XTR. I managed to get 172 out of the enduro. But following the autobahn is a sweeping, curvy fast ride true German, Austrian and Italian alps. The roads where so good and the scenery so beautiful I forgot to take pictures. :linzi Out of the Alps you come true the boring Po-plain. Full of industry and not the most beautifull country roads of the country. But happelly, it's just a small part of Italy. And before you know it, you are burning rubber on perfect asphalt in the hills and mountains.

    So after two days I arrived in Rosseto where I camped. From here on, I got of the bigger twisting roads and kicked in lower gear to get extra tork on the steep roads.

    Exploring the backcountry of Rosseto I discovered beautiful roads in all sorts of make. Asphalt to pure rock. In the mountains there are several pistes where you can go fast and several pistes who nurve breaking difficult and dangerous.

    The people are fantastic, and most help you finding the most beautifull dirt road.

    But, if you go there, be ware, a big part of Abruzzi is National Park, and Park Rangers are plenty and don't like it when you go really offroad.


    Here are some pictures.



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    Up on Campo Imperatore

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    Taking a look over the mountains. Gran Sasso

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    You're not alone!!!

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    somewhere in the mountains not so far from the Adriatic.

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    I know, the Calibier is not in Italy, but I drove over it going home.

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    Col d'Agnello, +2700m going in to France.

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    The high plain of Castelucho. A little mountain town you see in the background.


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    tipical Abruzzi country.

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    Another one from the Castellucio plain.




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    On top of a mountain in the Gran Sasso National Park

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    The old lift to Campo imperatore.

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    Meeting locals on Campo Imperatore



    The rest of the pictures will follow soon!!!
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Welcome aboard!! Looks like you've got the perfect bike for the mission ahead.. Too bad we don't get that bike over here :(:

    Thanks for posting :thumb
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  3. NikiDc

    NikiDc Adventurer

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    Campo imperatore, where you can dream of to Mongolain plains

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    Main road in Citta San Angelo, a beautiful old town on the top of a hill.

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    End of the road at the Albero Campo Imperatore. During WWII Mussolini was taken prisoner here and rescued by the Germans with hang gliders!!!
    From here you can walk, climb, hike.... up in the mountains, olmost to 3000m, the highest point of the Apenines!
    The view is on the plain and valleys of the L'Aquila region.

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    Little canyon, Campo Imperatore. Don't drive in here when it's raining, it can be quite dangerous! Fluds are quite common. And.... don't ride here when you see rangers or police. I think it's forbidden.


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    Monte De LA Laga. The mountains on the other side of the river Vomano. A region where you won't find city's or even magior towns. Asphalted roads are scars but... dirt is plenty. you can drive true the massif on a dirt road. But don't go there on a heavy bike, te road is full off fist like rocks ( and bigger). You alsow can go to the 100 watherfals, wich is beautiful, but you will have to walk a steep path. I think about one hour. Always take wather with you!


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    Italia... land of Romance!!!

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    Well, if you're alone, you make very easely new friends!

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    Vieuw in to Marche, where you can find Ascoly Piceno. A town that can easely concurate with the towns in Tuscany. And more important.... much cheaper and almost no tourists.

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    Campo Imperatore

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    In the background, you can see the Corno Grande, the highest point of the intire Appenines.

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    The north side of the Gran Sasso. In winter time you can climb on ice here. Just above Castelli, a wonderfull town that is specialised in ceramic.

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    .... just splendid...

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    If you wonne take a look, up and high...




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    Wonderfull roads in the Monti del la Laga.
    After riding almost every dirt road in the region, the back tire was bald and so was my...

    So.. pics of the way home... will follow.
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  4. Kyler

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    :clap spledid! :clap
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  5. NikiDc

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    The first day I explored the backroads. One great road I found next to the river Vomano. A dirt road just beside the river were you can go really fast, leaving only a big dust cloud in your tail!!! :clap Just the way I love it! Suppreme riding must be the middle name of the region beceause it's impossible to find a uggly road. Asphalted or not.

    Further inland the hills take over. Giving you sweeping roads and adrenelin giving dirt roads. This with a mixture of Alpine background and Tuscany looking hills and towns.
    A lot of those towns are wourth a vist! Just take a map and find one. You won't be disapointed. Mideavel towns are common in the region.

    Lots of k's of dirt road are lying there, waiting to explore. In the hills there are relaxing dirt roads where you even can drive with a Ninja. But if you got a traily, you can find yourself going up and down true a Italian jungle. Hill climbs are plenty. But be ware, some roads and up on privat land and the older owners aren't that happy to see you! What to do? Just make a talk, and if you pull of some Italian, they proberly invite you to drink!

    Further up in the mountains nature is really wonderfull. Roads Superb. Animals plentyfull. People almost none!
    No cops and lots of dream roads. You can imagine one will not always enjoy the scenery.
    Almost every mountain in the Abruzzi lays in the national park. So you have to stay on the trails and roads. Wich is not bad beceause there a lot of.

    Riding on the north side true alpine vegitation and than driving on a plain that just looks like Mongolia is a trill to do. Helmet off and just relax.

    If you go down the south side, you will find you in a different world. Very arid and.... less protected arias!!! That means it's a real mekka for trailys.
    you can go up mountains, true rivers and....

    By now, you probery understood, I love the region!!

    By the way, during the summer it's wise to take a dip every now and than beceause it can get very hot. Like the 47degrees celcius I got this year.

    Big towns are not that wide spread in the region. Maybe beceause Rome is that close? Worth a visit is L'Aquila where you can enjoy the beautiful Italian scenery (I mean the girls...)

    Ofcourse, the other parts are alsow wourth a visit, like naighbouring Lazio, Marche and Molisse where even more dirt roads are there to take!!!

    Sorry for my English :cry
    Niki
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  6. Ridemuch

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    WOW!! Thanks for the ride report. My family is from that region of Italy and I have many picture of being in the same areas as you have. To top it off my girlfriend grew up in Belgium....I'll be back in Belgium this summer.Manly staying in De Haan. Do you know of any places to rent a motorccle for a week or so?

    Tot ziens
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  7. NikiDc

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    Cool to hear that! Belgium girl are... well I don't have words for it:freaky

    I will look around and find you a place where you can rent bike!

    Offcourse beautiful roads you can't rent and there aren't that much of in the coastal region!
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  8. NikiDc

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    The region of Campo Basso is little different, more plants, threes...
    Beautiful over there by the way... Nice to here from people who came from there!
    I will put on new pics from Italy, alsow that region and further south, calabria, sicilia... from a trip I made back in 2005 with 125cc varadero. that holiday I did about 7500km with that bike.
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  9. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Fantastic!! You have captured the true ADV spirit in your rides and pics.. be sure to post here often!! thank you :thumb
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  10. carmine

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    grazie for the beautiful photos...It is wonderful to sit in Canada, and look at the land of my ancestors... courtesy of your wonderful photos...Thanks so much.
    We are from Castiglioni, between Pescara and l'Aquila, immigrated in 1899.
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  11. NikiDc

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    Well, seems that I lost the last pics... Sory!!!

    It was a hard ride wich ended with 900km of wet wet soaked fludded road. It's was terrrible. I haven't seen that much wather since I was in Norway...

    So the yourney ended little negatif. But my girlfriend....

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    Made it all worth!!!
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  12. Midlife Crisis

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    Stunning pictures. Great report. Cool ride :D
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  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    +1 Great job!

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us. Mark H.
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  14. NikiDc

    NikiDc Adventurer

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    Thanks!!! It's a great bike. I heard you can't get him in the states?
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