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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    It was "slippery Sh*tT"
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    Thank you for following!! Sp
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Alpini are the “elite mountain warfare military corps of the Italian Army” that was established in 1872. Their original mission was to protect Italy’s border with France and Austria. The Ponte Vecchio or Ponte degli Alpini (old or Alpini bridge) is a covered bridge originally built in 1569 in Bassano del Grappa, but it has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. The bullet holes are still seen on the walls from WW 1.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The day started with Molina Pass, which is 2 lanes with numerous switchbacks.


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    We then took a “closed” road, which is unmaintained and quite narrow with tight hairpins and overhanging rocks.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we did the Pass of Tonale where the curves are more wide and sweeping and the bike traffic is high speed in both directions. The guys on the bikes oncoming and passing on blind curves in your lane were a bit much!


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    Then it was off to the Gavia pass (number 5 in Europe). Here the hairpins are one after the other, the road is very narrow at times (2 bikes can just pass each other), and there are often no guardrails. The other and the biggest problem is the cyclists especially when they were stopped on both sides of the road at the apex of the hairpins…a bit of a challenge needless to say.


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    We arrived to Teregua near Bormio and found a small house to stay in near an awesome pizzeria. We could all walk there except the big guy.


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    Today is the big day! The Stelvio! This is the second highest paved mountain pass in the Alps by 13 m at 2770 m. The original road was built in 1820 and has changed little. It has 75 hairpin turns (48 on the north side). It was at one time chosen by Top Gear as the “greatest driving road in the world” (they later said the Transfagarasan highway in Romania was possibly superior…next year).


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    Arriving at the summit we ran into Tom who we had also seen at the top of the Gavia the day before!


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    We were blessed today with spectacular sunshine, warmth despite the 1.5 degrees, and almost no traffic for the epic ride.



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    Part way down the north side we were flagged over by some young guys on Harleys. They had run out of gas on the way up. We gave them the 1 liter from our stove gas to make it to the top. He could then glide all the way to Bormio for fuel. We had a smooth ride all the way to the 48 th hairpin!


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    Fantastic :clap It looks like a good time of year to ride the Stelvio.. no bicycles, no caravans, and no traffic.. When did you do this ride?