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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Grasse were headed towards the French Riviera and “Almost to Venice” at Vence, which is near to Nice. We were hot and tired and after driving around the town a bit we finally settled for a hotel on the highway, which was a bit Faulty Towerish, but had the first really good wifi we have had in a while…..so work was done.

    Today we had planned to “ride over to Monaco” for country number 44 for a quick photo op and out. This took 2 hours for the 65 km loop. We did go the long way there along the scenic Basse Corniche (low coast road) and the traffic into Nice was terrible. Then we went thru the tunnel to Monaco!



    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 23.24.37 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 23.22.15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]monaco1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]monaco3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]monaco4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ride back was better on the Moyenne (middle) Cornishe with nice views of the ocean.

    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    From Nice we headed north to meet the small roads near Bronson and head north to Briancon in 263 km. We wanted to take the small roads, but this involved one of the small mountain passes, which we are not sure is open yet.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-25 at 09.15.53 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Shortly after leaving the main road we pulled over for lunch and were surprised this place had great Thai food.

    [​IMG]IMG_5748 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Here the road is quite awesome and curvy with very little traffic. Of concern the sign post said all but 1 of the Cols or passes was closed and we neared our turn off for the direct road north to Briancon we stopped and asked a local. Yes the pass we need is closed until May 1 ten days from now. This created an addition 50 km reroute back towards Dinge and then around to Barcelonette. This road was not a mountain pass, but was still pretty great. It was only the last 40 km that were on the highway. We found a small hotel in the village of LʼArgentière-la-Bessée south of Briancon after 282 km.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 23.22.41 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 16.48.01 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Monaco & French Alps-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We woke to overcast and some drizzle, but it soon dried up.

    [​IMG]como by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]como1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There is a massive fort on the hill above Briancon.

    [​IMG]Lake Como by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We had decided after yesterdays issues with the closed passes we would head over the alps to Italy on the toll road to prevent issues.


    [​IMG]como2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We really wanted to arrive in lake Como early in the day. As soon as we got to near Turin we got off the tolls and that was already about 25 Euros. From here we stayed on the small local roads and arrived to the lake in just over 4 hours.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 23.26.46 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 23.22.59 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Your toll pays to go THRU the mountains!

    [​IMG]como5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]como3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]como4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    In Urio we had found a small hotel on the lake for a very good price. It was not far from Mr Clooneys. It is off season so the prices are reasonable.

    [​IMG]como7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]como6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The ferry dock of Urio is right out front and we caught the ferry to Como City.

    [​IMG]Lake Como-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Lake Como-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  9. TOTim

    TOTim Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great post. Looks like an amazing ride through western Europe.
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Tim

    Thanks. We are headed south in Italy tomorrow and then Corsica and Sardinia next! Sara
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We walked the town and had some Italian ice creams. The ferry back was a bit chilly in the wind at 6 pm. The hotel restraint makes a very good Pizza and you can enjoy a glass of wine with a view of the lake.

    [​IMG]Lake Como-10 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Lake Como by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como-12 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Walking 2 km to the next village at Moltrasio for the next ferry to Bellagio, which is more north and on the opposite side of the lake. Also at the dock were Texans Mark and Kathy, with whom we had a very fun ride up the lake on the “cruise” for 1 hr 45 min. Only in Italy can you get prosecco in a real glass on the ferry!

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Chez Clooney


    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    All day we saw “the experience” tours including Bentley, Porsche, and Ferrari. This was a super car traffic jam.


    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-15 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    It was raining on and off, but had settled by the time we made it back to Moltrasio. They were kind enough to invite us to their hotel to share some VERY nice champagne and conversation!! We hope to make to San Antonio one day!


    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-19 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-20 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Lake Como 2-21 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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  16. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    Life is good :beer Thanks for another gorgeous update :thumb
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  17. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Glad to see you guys on the road again.

    Are you guys carrying camping gear? have you just been staying in hotels?

    What do you budget for Europe, I imagine everything is more expensive than in Canada or USA.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks ATW!!

    Goldie Yes we are, but right now its CHILLY!! We are camping at a rally this weekend in Tuscany so pray for sun. Yes it is. As a guide line for fuel, insurance, accommodation, food, maintenance.... 100$ per day/bike. But goes up and down depending on the camping weather. Cheaper than the UK, Norway, and Sweden!!

    Sara
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  19. gspeed

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    Sara&Daniel it has been amazing to meet you over the week-end in Tuscany. I'm sorry time was short for me and we could not know each other better but.. who knows we might cross again - I'll follow you for sure on worldwideride.ca, best wishes for your present&future rides

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    I'm the leftmost guy - ah if want to try out or give advices on mappite.org here is the post in advrider.com: mappite

    Go go go around th world!

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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Great to meet you as well Enrico! We will be checking out MAPPITE.ORG of course! Hope to see you again. Sara & Daniel